Steven Van Zandt said the cast of “Broadway” bullied Vice president-elect Mike Pence.
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NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Monday, November 21, 2016, 5:36 PM
A former television mobster is not impressed with the recent shakedown of Vice President-elect Mike Pence.
Steven Van Zandt, who portrayed tough guy Silvio Dante on the “The Sopranos,” called out the cast of the Broadway darling “Hamilton” for addressing Pence after Friday night’s show.
“It was the most respectful, benign form of bullying ever. But bullying nonetheless. And by the way, human rights must be won, not asked for,” Van Zandt wrote on Twitter over the weekend.
He continued: “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.”
Zandt, a longtime guitarist for Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, added that the cast was wrong to “single out an audience member and embarrass him from the stage” and that it was ‘a terrible precedent to set.”
Actors Michael Imperioli, Steven Van Zandt and James Gandolfini starred as New Jersey mobsters on the “The Sopranos.”
Cast member Brandon Victor Dixon, who plays Aaron Burr, delivered a politically-charged speech to Pence as the right-winged politician was seen exiting the Richard Rodgers Theatre in New York City.
Responding to his critics on Twitter, Van Zandt, 65, argued that there is another way to get the attention of the Indiana Governor.
The cast of “Hamilton” addressed Vice President-elect Mike Pence at Friday’s show.
“How about IN THE PLAY! For starters. Just as Lin-Manuel Miranda (the creator of ‘Hamilton’) is already brilliantly doing,” Van Zandt tweeted. “And oh yeah, elections.”
On Sunday, President-elect Donald Trump also scolded the diversified cast via his Twitter account.
Vice President-elect Mike Pence leaves a performance of ‘Hamilton’ at the Richard Rogers Theatre in Manhattan, New York City on Friday, November 18, 2016. (Gardiner Anderson for New York Daily News)
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“The cast and producers of Hamilton, which I hear is highly overrated, should immediately apologize to Mike Pence for their terrible behavior.”