Members of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees plan to protest this Sunday’s Tony Awards (airing live on CBS at 8 p.m. EST), according to the Associated Press. Celebs attending the show will have to walk past a giant inflatable rat set up by the union, which was angered after losing its traditional deal to set up the event’s red carpet and tents. Members of the Freedom Party have also reportedly declared a plan to protest the show for honoring The Scottsboro Boys, a musical that presents itself as an ironic minstrel show.
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