President-elect Donald Trump is being criticized for his Saturday morning tweet accusing the cast of Hamilton of harassing Mike Pence.
“Our wonderful future V.P. Mike Pence was harassed last night at the theater by the cast of Hamilton, cameras blazing.This should not happen!” Trump wrote on Twitter. “The Theater must always be a safe and special place.The cast of Hamilton was very rude last night to a very good man, Mike Pence. Apologize!”
Pence was booed during Friday night’s performance of the Tony Award-winning musical, but Trump’s claims that the vice president-elect was “harassed” by the cast is based on a message actor Brandon Victor Dixon gave to Pence during curtain call. “We hope that you will hear us out. Vice President-elect Pence, we welcome you, and we truly thank you for joining us here at Hamilton: An American Musical. We really do,” Dixon said. “We, sir, we are the diverse America who are alarmed and anxious that your new administration will not protect us, our planet, our children, our parents, or defend us and uphold our inalienable rights, sir. But we truly hope this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and to work on behalf of all of us, all of us. … We truly thank you for sharing this show — this wonderful American story told by a diverse group of men, women, of different colors, creeds, and orientations.”
Numerous celebrities supported Hamilton online, and many spoke out against Trump for his “harassed” tweet, including Dixon himself. “Conversation is not harassment sir. And I appreciate [Mike Pence] for stopping to listen,” the Aaron Burr actor wrote in a tweet directed at Trump. (The president-elect has not responded to any of the criticism.)
— Brandon Victor Dixon (@BrandonVDixon) November 19, 2016
Other stars who spoke out against Trump directly included Chrissy Teigen, Ava DuVernay, Alec Baldwin, and original Hamilton cast member Christopher Jackson. “The countless Americans that have been Insulted, Degraded, Marginalized, Harassed, Intimidated. APOLOGIZE for that! APOLOGIZE for your HATE!” he wrote.
The countless Americans that have been Insulted, Degraded, Marginalized, Harassed, Intimidated. APOLOGIZE for that! APOLOGIZE for your HATE!
— Christopher Jackson (@ChrisisSingin) November 19, 2016
Artists will never apologize for speaking truth to power. Keep asking. Keep getting put in your place. It’s on. https://t.co/joybQ638RI
— Ava DuVernay (@AVAETC) November 19, 2016
Someone please take away his twitter. It’s time.
— Brooklyn Decker (@BrooklynDecker) November 19, 2016
President & VP Elect Trump and Pence feel harassed when politely asked to respect Americans’ equality and inalienable rights. Telling. https://t.co/rUql7ci9ay
— Evan McMullin (@Evan_McMullin) November 19, 2016
Pence “harassed”, says Trump.
All dissent is harassment to him.
Maybe even criminal.
2020 is coming.
— ABFoundation (@ABFalecbaldwin) November 19, 2016
Trump tweeted that Pence was “harassed” by the “very rude” cast of Hamilton when they read this statement. Ask yourself if that’s true. pic.twitter.com/K0SpkShgfo
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) November 19, 2016
The criticism and discontent is just beginning. Get used to it.
— k.d. lang (@kdlang) November 19, 2016
In addition to the complaints against Trump, the cast of Hamilton also received some blowback from conservative voices on Twitter, including Newt Gingrich and Kellyanne Conway.
The arrogance and hostility of the Hamilton cast to the Vice President elect ( a guest at the theater) is a reminder the left still fights.
— Newt Gingrich (@newtgingrich) November 19, 2016
— Kellyanne Conway (@KellyannePolls) November 19, 2016
Meanwhile, the term #BoycottHamilton became a top trending topic on Twitter throughout the day on Saturday. But a number of tweets using that hashtag mocked the notion of a boycott against the musical, which is Broadway’s most popular show at the moment and has sold out tickets well into next year.
#BoycottHamilton? Good luck with that. Tickets are already sold-out past President-elect Troll’s impeachment.
— Jeffrey Wright (@jfreewright) November 19, 2016
— Jillian Michaels (@JillianMichaels) November 19, 2016
Anyone who now wants to #BoycottHamilton who has tickets for a future performance + wants to sell them, slide into my DMs. I will buy them.
— Michael Skolnik (@MichaelSkolnik) November 19, 2016
— John Legend (@johnlegend) November 19, 2016
In the wake of the #BoycottHamilton movement, I’m showing my support by buying a ticket to the show when one becomes available in 27 years.
— Randy Rainbow (@RandyRainbow) November 19, 2016
To the people trending #BoycottHamilton - since all performances are sold out through next year, I don’t know what you intend to accomplish.
— David Pratt (@PresidentPratt) November 19, 2016