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.)
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.
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.
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.