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‘Hamilton’ actor Brandon Victor Dixon delivered a message to US Vice President-elect Mike Pence calling on him to “uphold American values.” AP

With Vice President-elect Mike Pence, an outspoken opponent of same-sex marriage who has supported diverting federal funding from HIV and AIDS groups to conversion therapy, seated in the audience for Friday night’s performance of Hamilton, certain lines resonated even more than usual.

Audience member Christy Colburn tweeted that when Alexander Hamiton and the Marquis de Lafayette quipped, “Immigrants, we get the job done during The Battle of Yorktown, the crowd gave them a standing ovation. And later, during the song What Comes Next?, King George III actor Rory O’Malley had to stop the song briefly after the crowd “went nuts” at the line “When your people say they hate you, don’t come crawling back to me” and ask them to stop booing.

I’m at and so is Mike Pence. Crowd booed him like crazy, and gave a standing O at the line “immigrants we get the job done”

By now, you’ve likely seen the video from the curtain call, when Brandon Dixon, who plays Aaron Burr, addressed Pence on behalf of “diverse Americans who are alarmed and anxious that your new administration will not protect us” and asked the vice president-elect to “uphold our inalienable rights and work on behalf of all of us.”

President-elect Donald Trump demanded the cast apologize for harassing Pence, but by all accounts, both Dixon and the vice president-elect were respectful of one another. In fact, Dixon even thanked the Indiana governor for listening to what he had to say.

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!

@realDonaldTrump conversation is not harassment sir. And I appreciate @mike_pence for stopping to listen.

Mike Pence actually stood and listened. It is Trump who took to Twitter with his foolishness – typical.

None of it persuaded Trump, who jumped on Twitter again Saturday night after a day of meetings with his transition team and high-profile guests at his golf club in New Jersey. “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!” Trump wrote. But within minutes, he deleted it.

The president-elect of the United States just deleted a tweet going after a Broadway play for the 12th hour straight https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/800134631467012096 

Trump was back at it again Sunday morning: “The cast and producers of Hamilton, which I hear is highly overrated, should immediately apologize to Mike Pence for their terrible behavior”

The cast and producers of Hamilton, which I hear is highly overrated, should immediately apologize to Mike Pence for their terrible behavior

The show’s creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda, weighed in during a break from doing Moana interviews in the U.K., complimenting the cast for how they handled the situation and agreeing with Trump that everyone should be welcome at the theater.

Proud of @HamiltonMusical. Proud of @BrandonVDixon, for leading with love.
And proud to remind you that ALL are welcome at the theater.

And original cast member Christopher Jackson, who gives his last performance as George Washington Sunday, summed up his cast’s statement as “citizens appealing to their future VPOTUS with respect and clarity.”

Just LISTEN to the words! Ain’t nothing but Citizens appealing to their future VPOTUS! WITH RESPECT and CLARITY! https://twitter.com/HamiltonMusical/status/799828567941120000 

But social media has not settled down since, erupting with hashtags like #BoycottHamilton. (Proponents of that movement will have to be very patient: the show is sold until September 2017.)

Here is a sampling of the most viral comments on Twitter.

Desperate times, desperate measures

Frozen star Josh Gad, who originated the role of Elder Cunningham in The Book of Mormon, provided some context in a Twitter statement. “I know the booing upsets some of you,” he wrote. “But this is what happens when you run on a platform of hate.” While he says he personally wouldn’t boo someone at a theater, “this feels different. There are swastikas popping up everywhere, a cabinet of civil-rights offenders and deniers being built, and a leader who has placed a white nationalist by his side. These aren’t attempts at unity. These are warning shots to everyone who isn’t white, straight and extreme.”

If we’re talking about apologies …

Americans don’t need to apologize-not even to presidents or vice presidents-for the lawful & proper exercise of their constitutional rights. https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/799974635274194947 

Democratic & Republican presidents have understood freedom of speech makes our country stronger, even if it makes our leaders uncomfortable.

An apology should instead come from President-elect Trump for calling into question appropriateness of @HamiltonMusicalcast’s statements.

It’s called misdirection

Garden State‘s Zach Braff chalked the whole controversy up as a win for Trump, who successfully distracted the country from Friday’s $25 million Trump University settlement.

When you settle a fraud lawsuit for 25 million dollars but everyone’s talking about Hamilton.

Anyway, doesn’t the president-elect have better things to do right now?

Psst, that’s not how a boycott works

Are you going to like you Boycott Starbucks? If so, enjoy the show!

But if you’re looking to unload tickets you already have, there are plenty of takers

So uh if you’re gonna , can I have your tickets? I didn’t realize speaking with respect was considered harassing in 2016.

Um ?

Let me know and I’ll have the tickets ! Face value of course.

Hold up!  What if it was all one just of Joe Biden’s pranks?

Biden: I sent Pence tickets to Hamilton
Obama: Joe..why
Biden: just watch
Obama:

Contributing: Andrea Mandell

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