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Steven Van Zandt Says ‘Hamilton’ Actors Bullied Mike Pence

This Bruce Springsteen sidekick was born to run ― right into a political argument.

Former “Sopranos” star Steven Van Zandt, also of Springsteen’s E Street Band, says the cast of “Hamilton” unfairly ganged up on Vice President-elect Mike Pence on Friday.

In a demonstration gone viral, cast member Brandon Victor Dixon, who plays Aaron Burr, directly addressed Pence after the Broadway show. While welcoming him to the play, Dixon told the veep-to-be he was concerned how the new administration would treat the country’s diverse population and hoped the play inspired him to work on behalf of all Americans. 

But Van Zandt wasn’t having it.

“It was the most respectful, benign form of bullying ever. But bullying nonetheless,” Van Zandt said on Twitter Saturday. “And by the way, human rights must be won, not asked for. When artists perform the venue becomes your home. The audience are your guests. It’s taking unfair advantage of someone who thought they were a protected guest in your home.”

Many praised the cast for openly addressing a politician who has attempted to institute anti-LGBTQ policies and has supported “conversion therapy” in his career. 

Van Zandt wrote that he disagrees with what Pence represents, but “I don’t tolerate bullying in any form.”

Article source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2016/11/21/steve-van-zandt-bully-pence-hamilton_n_13125938.html?utm_hp_ref=new-york&ir=New+York