Politics has invaded every aspect of American life. It’s true and it is lamentable. There are people everywhere who plain and simply refuse to check their politics at the door and just enjoy life for a while. One such person attended a performance of the stage version of “Frozen” on Wednesday night on Broadway. That person brought a huge Trump sign along, and unfurled it at the curtain call, blocking the view of audience members and raining on the accolades being showered on the cast as they took their bows.
One of the cast members took exception to the action, which was, strictly speaking, not in line with audience protocol at a live performance, and reacted.
Frozen actor Timothy R. Hughes confiscated a banner supporting President Donald Trump from a front-row audience member during Wednesday night’s performance of the hit Disney musical in New York.
During curtain call, a show attendee — who was wearing a “Make America Great Again” visor — held up a “Trump 2020” banner. Hughes took action, snatching the sign from the individual before tossing it to the side of the stage. The Broadway star and the rest of the cast then continued their bow.
Hughes (who plays Pabbie, leader of the Hidden Folk in the show) later took to Instagram to address the incident, which he shared video footage of.
“What does it say about our country and politics when a man at the show tonight felt the need to protest Disney’s Frozen on Broadway with a pro-Trump flag?? How frightening is it that our show’s messages of love, acceptance, and diversity have become the opposition to supporting Trump?” he wrote. “The curtain call is a thank you between actors and audience, a final connection to end a shared experience.”
Hughes continued: “I will not apologize for how I responded to the disrespectful man trying to interrupt this moment with a pathetic political platform. Not at our show! Not in front of my beautiful, diverse, talented cast at @frozenbroadway. I appreciate everyone’s support.”
Those who are not performers may not quite understand the connection part of Hughes’s statement. He is correct. It is the last time that connection is there, and it is special. In addition, live performance is not as easy as it looks. In fact, it’s a lot of work and exhausting. Interrupting that with political statements is rather insulting to the performers. And please, when in an audience at a live performance, silence all cell phones and other electronic devices.
While the Trump Train needs all the support it can get, this particular tactic of bring ing banners to a Broadway show to distract from the performance is not the way to get it.