— Hamilton (@HamiltonMusical) November 19, 2016
President Barack Obama once told America, “Don’t boo, vote.” In this year’s presidential election, it’s reported that only 58 percent of registered voters, 130 million Americans, cast their ballots. Donald Trump was elected as the next president of the United States, with his running mate Mike Pence, in tow.
It’s been nearly two weeks and Americans are still lamenting the incoming administration’s victory.
On Friday, November 18, 2016, the vice president-elect was booed in New York at Broadway’s hottest show “Hamilton.” The booing was reportedly so loud, they had to stop the performance during the “You’ll Be Back (Reprise),” as people heckled Pence line by line.
Pence was there to actually watch the performance and was booed as he made his way to his seat in the Richard Rodgers Theatre, located on 46th Street, between Broadway and 8th Avenue.
Fans and performers made it clear they are opposed to the Trump/Pence Administration. specifically over equality.
In a speech opposing gay marriage, Pence, a former member of Congress was quoted saying, “Societal collapse was always brought about following an advent of the deterioration of marriage and family.” In 2006, he was head of the Republican Study Committee, a group of the 100 most conservative House members.
While governor of Indiana, Pence signed a religious freedom law that members of the LGBT community said could worsen discrimination against them.
Following criticism, Pence signed an amendment to the law intended to protect gays and lesbians. He self-describes as a “Christian, a conservative and a Republican, in that order,” and professes being gay is a choice and keeping gays from marrying was not discrimination, but an enforcement of “God’s idea.”
“Vice-president-elect Pence we welcome you and truly thank you for joining us here,” Brandon Dixon, who plays Aaron Burr in “Hamilton” said while on-stage on Friday.” 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.
“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.”