Bruce Springsteen voices support for Brandon Victor Dixon and Hamilton
Today music legend Bruce Springsteen tweeted his support of Hamilton star Brandon Victor Dixon and the cast of the hit musical with a photo of himself and his wife Patti Scialfa attending at the Sunday matinee. Springsteen tweeted:
“Looking for VP elect Pence #freedomofspeech”
— Bruce Springsteen (@springsteen) November 20, 2016
On November 18, when Vice President elect Mike Pence was in the audience, Dixon made the following statement on behalf of the cast and production:
Thank you so much for joining us tonight. You know, we had a guest in the audience this evening. And Vice President-elect Pence, I see you’re walking out but I hope you will hear us just a few more moments. There’s nothing to boo here ladies and gentlemen. There’s nothing to boo here, we’re all here sharing a story of love.
We have a message for you, sir. We hope that you will hear us out. And I encourage everybody to pull out your phones and tweet and post because this message needs to be spread far and wide, OK?
Vice President-elect Pence, we welcome you and we truly thank you for joining us here at Hamilton: An American Musical, we really do. 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 that this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and to work on behalf of all of us. All of us.
Again, we truly thank you for sharing this show. This wonderful American story told by a diverse group of men [and] women of different colors, creeds, and orientations.
However, President elect Donald Trump demanded an apology on behalf of Mr. Pence. Mr. Trump tweeted:
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!
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
Springsteen’s fellow band member, Steve van Zandt, was in agreement with Mr. Trump and tweeted that:
It was the most respectful, benign form of bullying ever. But bullying nonetheless. And by the way, human rights must be won, not asked for.
It was the most respectful, benign form of bullying ever. But bullying nonetheless. And by the way, human rights must be won, not asked for. https://t.co/JfN4yjq8jM
— Stevie Van Zandt (@StevieVanZandt) November 19, 2016