Hollywood Reacts to Trump Demanding 'Hamilton' Cast Apology
#BoycottHamilton and #NameAPenceMusical started trending on Twitter after the cast of 'Hamilton' addressed Mike Pence during Friday night's curtain call, asking the vice president-elect to "work on behalf of all of us."
Hollywood took to Twitter after the cast of Hamilton addressed Vice President-elect Mike Pence after Friday night's curtain call, asking him to "work on behalf of all of us." Hamilton since has become a trending topic on Twitter with the hashtags #BoycottHamilton and #NameAPenceMusical. Kerry Washington, Bryan Cranston, Shonda Rhimes, Patton Oswalt and more weighed in on the situation below.
Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda expressed how proud he was of the musical, as well as actor Brandon Victor Dixon (who plays Aaron Burr), after the cast addressed Vice President-elect Pence, who was in the audience last night. After Pence was booed by the audience while being escorted to his seat, Dixon said, "There's nothing to boo here; we're all sharing a story of love."
Friday night's turn of events prompted Donald Trump to respond on Twitter, claiming that the Hamilton cast was "rude" toward Pence and demanding that they "apologize!" Dixon later responded to Trump, tweeting "Conversation is not harassment sir. And I appreciate Mike Pence for stopping to listen."
Newt Gingrich echoed Trump as well, tweeting that the cast acted with "arrogance and hostility." Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway tweeted that Pence "deserves respect and a peaceful night out with his nephew and daughter."
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
Trump continued to blast the cast Saturday night in a tweet he deleted shortly after posting, which said, "Very rude and insulting of Hamilton cast member to treat our great future V.P. Mike Pence to a theater lecture. Couldn't even memorize lines!"
Comments on social media about the Hamilton cast's statement prompted Manuel to post the full speech online.
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!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 19, 2016
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!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 19, 2016
Kerry Washington, Bryan Cranston, Zendaya, Shonda Rhimes, Josh Gad and Patton Oswalt are among those who shared their support for the Hamilton cast on Twitter. Many users also tweeted about the irony of the #BoycottHamilton hashtag, when tickets for the show are sold out well into next year. Read the tweets below.
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
"Hamilton Cast harassed Pence." Do u ever stop whining?An apology?Seriously?!U won,this is the job,get on with it or get out of the kitchen.— Axl Rose (@axlrose) November 19, 2016
*buys five tickets to Hamilton* https://t.co/t4U7Voyhhl— Zendaya (@Zendaya) November 19, 2016
Donald Trump has asked someone to apologize for being rude. Always good to start your Saturday off with a laugh.— P!nk (@Pink) November 19, 2016
You know what? I support #BoycottHamilton. I hope it intensifies -- especially during the first week of March, maybe that Sunday matinee?— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) November 19, 2016
I hope Mike Pence is shown a little bit more respect tomorrow night while he passes out gay conversion brochures at Rent— Matt Oswalt (@MattOswaltVA) November 19, 2016
An apology should instead come from President-elect Trump for calling into question appropriateness of @HamiltonMusical cast's statements.— ACLU National (@ACLU) November 19, 2016
If anyone's giving up their Hamilton tix, please send them to my parents so they stop asking me to get them in and if @Lin_Manuel is nice— Zach Braff (@zachbraff) November 19, 2016
The cast of @HamiltonMusical spoke respectfully, passionately, & articulately to VP-Elect Pence. They owe NO apology! American free speech.— Holland Taylor (@HollandTaylor) November 19, 2016
Who gives a fuck that he asked Hamilton for an apology? A guy deemed too racist to be a federal judge is going to be our Attorney General.— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) November 19, 2016
The theatre is a safe haven for art. I will always support my fellow actors and their diversities and identities . Enjoy @HamiltonMusical ❤️— Keegan Allen (@KeeganAllen) November 19, 2016
I wonder if Pence went to Hamilton to take our focus off the Trump University fraud settlement. This administration is morally bankrupt.— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) November 19, 2016
We've already moved on from his dangerous appointees to mocking him for some Hamilton tweet. So easily distracted.— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) November 19, 2016
Could the Pence Hamilton night have been intentional from Trump camp? Perfect "culture war" distraction. And Bannon is very smart.— Adam McKay (@GhostPanther) November 19, 2016
I thought what the cast of @HamiltonMusical said to our new VP was respectful inclusive and classy. I don't see the "harassment".— marlon wayans (@MarlonWayans) November 19, 2016
The new president elect is telling us what he thinks of our nations great artists @HamiltonMusical. More than ever we need to make Art.— Sandra Oh (@IamSandraOh) November 19, 2016
The idea that Trump's feelings are hurt by this whole thing is a good enough reasons for Hamilton to run for 100 years #BoycottHamilton— Patrick Monahan (@pattymo) November 19, 2016
How ya gonna boycott Hamilton when it's SOLD OUT!!!!— Emmy Rossum (@emmyrossum) November 19, 2016
Don't let Hamilton distract you. Take 5 min, call ur Congressmen & make sure hateful Steve Bannon stays out of the White House. #StopBannon— billy eichner (@billyeichner) November 19, 2016
I support Hamilton audience & cast's right to boo/lecture Mike Pence.— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) November 19, 2016
I'd also remind them Hillary & Obama both opposed gay marriage too.
He wants an APOLOGY because some actors offered their thoughts/notes on his work? Wait..— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) November 19, 2016
Wow the audience at Hamilton booed so loud that the news didn't hear about Trump paying $25m to settle his fake university lawsuit.— Trevor Noah (@Trevornoah) November 19, 2016