US Vice President-elect Mike Pence booed at Broadway musical
November 20, 2016
US Vice President-elect Mike Pence was booed Friday as he arrived to watch the award-winning musical “Hamilton” in New York, which tells the story of America’s Founding Fathers and the important role immigrants played in the American Revolution.
Mobile phone video footage uploaded to YouTube showed the Richard Rodgers Theatre on Broadway ringing out with boos as Donald Trump’s right-hand man took his seat for the show.
Furthermore, after the curtain call, the ethnically diverse cast returned to the stage to voice their collective concern to Pence that the administration would fail to “protect us, or our planet”.
One of the actors, Brandon Victor Dixon, who plays America’s third vice president in the musical, delivered a speech on behalf of the multicultural and multi-racial cast.
“We, sir, 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,” Dixon said.
“We truly hope this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and work on behalf of all of us.”
The New York Times newspaper reported that Pence opted to leave the auditorium before Dixon had finished the message, prompting the actor to plead for him to stay.
“Vice President-elect Pence, I see you walking out, but I hope you will hear us, just a few more moments. There’s nothing to boo here, ladies and gentlemen,” Dixon said from the stage. “We’re all here sharing a story about love.”
A show spokesman said Pence had waited out in the wings of the theatre, however, and had heard the message in full.
The statement had been authored by the musical’s creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda, director, Thomas Kail, and lead producer, Jeffrey Seller, with input from the show’s cast members.
Javier Munoz, who is openly gay and HIV positive, played the lead role in Hamilton on Friday to the audience including Pence. During his time as Governor of Indiana, Pence fought to ban gay marriage and opposed federal funding for HIV and AIDS medical treatment.
According to several theatre-goers present, the audience on Friday clearly backed the actors statement and the message of the play. During the show, theatergoers reported that certain verses elicited spontaneous cheers from the crowd. A popular line in the musical – “Immigrants, we get the job done” – sung by the characters of Alexander Hamilton and Marquis de Lafayette was loudly applauded.
Don’t forget our elders can suffer in silence too: suicide prevention
Many people think that mental health and suicide are not topics that impact our elders but they could not be more wrong. The data tells us there continues to be an emerging trend when it comes to peop...
Wherever you look these days, not matter the developed country, whole population groups and peoples struggle with the daily grind of life. From children in state care to mental health, from affordable housing to the primary health system and from education to employmen...
For the last few years I have been fortunate to have been involved in the aged care sector and have seen both the lows and highs. Today we live in a world where most of us are living longer thank to more awareness around healthy living, the advancement of better medica...
You can’t go past a news paper, radio show or television news story these days without being flooded by all things Bitcoin or Crypto Currency. Some say it’s the new world of money while others suggest its all just a passing fad. Whatever your position or preference of...
The New Zealand Maori Council has called on the Government to step in and ensure the recommendations made by the Children’s Commissioner in respect of youth detention facilities be implemented without delay. The Report released to the previous Government carried a seri...