“Hamilton,” the hit Broadway musical about colonial rebels shaping the future of an unformed country, took an even more political turn at the end of its performance on Friday night.

Vice President-elect Mike Pence attended the show Friday night and was booed by the crowd as he took his seat.

As the play ended, the actor who played Vice President Aaron Burr, Brandon Victor Dixon, acknowledged Mr. Pence, thanked him for attending and said, “We hope you will hear us out.”

“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,” he continued. “We truly hope that this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and to work on behalf of all of us.”

Trump wasn’t too happy about what happened. The President elect demanded an apology via Twitter and referred to the cast’s statements as harassment.

Dixon responded to Trump with a tweet of his own.

“There’s nothing to apologize for,” Dixon he later told CBS. “Conversation is not harassment.”

He said Trump was welcome to see the show as well, adding that he appreciated that Pence listened and that “it was the beginning of a conversation that I hope we can continue to have.”

“Art is meant to bring people together, it’s meant to raise consciousness,” Dixon added.

Chrissy Tiegen was among countless others who slammed Trump for demanding the cast apologize. “Look who wants a fucking safe space now,” she wrote. “The very thing him and his supporters make fun of as liberal political correctness. God, what a POS. Donald is sensitive enough to actually seek out a way to punish/get back at anyone who dare criticize him. That’s such a sad thought,” Teigen added. “Donald knows very well what he is doing. He knows the Hamilton speech was NBD. He knows his tweet will fire both sides up to distract from the 25 million dollar settlement of yesterday. Most conniving human on planet earth.”

Pence addressed Hamiltongate on Fox News Sunday. “I did hear what was said from the stage. I can tell you I wasn’t offended by what was said. I will leave to others whether that was the appropriate venue to say it. I do want to say that the basic element, the center of that message is one I want to address and that is I know this is a very disappointing time for people that did not see their candidate win in this national election,” he said.

“I know this is a very anxious time for some people. I just want to reassure people what President-elect Donald Trump said on election night — he absolutely meant from the bottom of his heart,” he added.

“He is preparing to be the president of all of the people of the United States of America and to watch him bringing together people of diverse views, bringing people together who disagreed with him strongly, seeing him talk to leaders around the world. I just want to reassure every American that in the days ahead I am very confident that they are going to see President-elect Trump be a president for all of the people and we embrace that principle. We are going to work hard to make that principle every day that we serve.”

What are your thoughts? Do you think the Hamilton cast was justified in using the opportunity to send this message to the VP elect?

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