Not since Ford's Theater has so much furor erupted from a politician attending a play.
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 #Hamilton and so is Mike Pence. Crowd booed him like crazy, and gave a standing O at the line "immigrants we get the job done" 1/2— Christy Colburn (@christymoose) November 19, 2016
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.
Even 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.
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."
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."
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
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. pic.twitter.com/KFgqMJsxul— Zach Braff (@zachbraff) November 19, 2016
Hold up! What if it was all one just of Joe Biden's pranks?
Biden: I sent Pence tickets to Hamilton— Erika 📎 (@ErikaBuis) November 19, 2016
Biden: just watch