A Trump supporter seemingly peeved by Robert DeNiro’s infamous “Fuck Trump” comment at the Tony Awards tried to disrupt a recent performance of the De Niro-directed A Bronx Tale: The Musical.
The man, seated in the front row, apparently stood up during the final curtain call of the 8 p.m. performance with a large banner sign facing out towards the audience that read “Keep America Great! Trump 2020.”
Audience member Joe Del Vicario posted a pic of the Broadway protest on his Twitter account explaining:
The times we live in. At the end of A Bronx Tale, a man turned around and faced the audience to show us how big of a pair he has. He was escorted shortly after. It’s sad that people can’t enjoy a beautiful show and embrace its unifying message without politicizing it.
The times we live in. At the end of A Bronx Tale, a man turned around and faced the audience to show us how big of a pair he has. He was escorted shortly after. It's sad that people can't enjoy a beautiful show and embrace its unifying message without politicizing it. #broadway pic.twitter.com/6tVN4Qf4d6
— Joe Del Vicario (@joedelvicario_) June 17, 2018
The New York Post reported that A Bronx Tale hair department supervisor Brian Strumwasser (who has since closed down both his Instagram and Twitter accounts) also had a few choice words about the interruption at the performance, saying the man “disrespected” the cast and crew.
They went on to quote Strumwasser’s Instagram post from Sunday:
Whoever the low life scum bag who thinks it’s ok to post their political views at a Broadway show and disrespect everyone there who paid to watch a show that is ALL ABOUT INCLUSION was thankfully removed from the theater Saturday night. Robert De Niro is one of our directors and has starred in the movie and was able to make 6000 people roar and cheer @thetonyawards for saying ‘F*CK TRUMP.’ If @realdonaldtrump wants to visit @bronxtalemusical maybe he himself will learn what racism is and how we deal with it. #f–ktrump…#dontf–kwiththebronx.
Lots of folks were annoyed at politics being brought into the theater:
There is a time and place for that, and this wasn't it.
— Lex Darxyde (@LexDarxyde) June 19, 2018
People go to entertainment venues to escape things like politics. They pay good money to be transported elsewhere. The fool with the sign, in his desire to troll one person, did an unkindness to everyone in the theater and should be ashamed of himself. This is bad behavior!
— Mary M. Redoutey (@marymredoutey1) June 19, 2018
I hope they were escorted out of the theater.
— Christine calls BS (@Beantari) June 19, 2018
Should have stopped the show. Removed the patron for the assault. Then carried on. Yes I said assault.
— Anthony A Chestnut (@ChestnutAA) June 19, 2018
Some were just confused:
— ᵀʰᵉ ᴮᵃⁿᵈ°ᵀʰᵉ ᴹᵘˢᶦᶜᵃˡ (@phorty40) June 19, 2018
According to Del Vicario, the protestor was removed from the venue:
He was escorted shortly after.