Idina Menzel Stands With ‘Hamilton’ at AMAs Amid Donald Trump Attacks
While presenting the award for Favorite Country Duo/Group at last night's 2016 American Music Awards, Menzel — who most famously starred as Wicked's Elphaba — took a stand against Trump's latest Twitter tantrum.
Trump has infamously come out swinging against Hamilton after Vice President-elect Mike Pence was booed by the audience at a Friday (November 18) showing of the Tony-winning production.
"I love you Hamilton!” Menzel said to the crowd and audience, cheekily adding she was happy “unsafe, scary theater people wouldn’t be invited to the inauguration.”
Though the cast of Hamilton very publicly urged audiences to be respectful to all patrons following Friday's event, Trump has nevertheless called the show's actors and creators disrespectful, and demanded they apologize. Actor Brandon Victor Dixon invited Trump and Pence to have a conversation about what happened, and why those in the theater community might have been frustrated.
"Vice President-elect Pence, we welcome you, and we truly thank you for joining us here at Hamilton: An American Musical," Dixon said, reading a statement he quickly prepared. "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 this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and to work on behalf of all of us, all of us. We truly thank you for sharing this show — this wonderful American story told by a diverse group of men, women, of different colors, creeds, and orientations.”
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