The bows at the end of Frozen on Broadway were interrupted Wednesday by an audience member who attempted to obscure part of the cast with a “Trump 2020” campaign banner.
That’s when Timothy Hughes, who plays the Troll King, snatched the flag and posted video of the incident on his social media with a caption asking, “How frightening is it that our show’s messages of love, acceptance, and diversity have become the opposition to supporting Trump?”
“I will not apologize for how I responded to the disrespectful man trying to interrupt this moment with a pathetic political platform,” he added.
The full caption reads:
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? The curtain call is a thank you between actors and audience, a final connection to end a shared experience. 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. #resist #lovewins #lovetrumpshate
A Broadway Wiz cofounder later posted a photo of the Trump supporter waiting outside the St. James Theatre and said the man was threatening to sue if he did not get his flag back. A source with knowledge of the matter told BuzzFeed News the flag was returned to its owner.
Since Trump has been elected president, his administration and supporters have had a contentious relationship with Broadway stemming from the infamous 2016 incident where Mike Pence, then the vice president–elect, was booed by the audience when he went to see Hamilton.