During the curtain call of Frozen the Broadway Musical this past Wednesday, an actor in the show snatched away a “Trump 2020” flag from an audience member.
According to News 4 New York, just as the actors were bowing during the encore at St. James Theatre, an audience member in the front row, sporting a “Make America Great Again” visor, started waving a “Re-elect Trump 2020” flag. When actor Timothy Hughes, who plays Pabbie the wise troll in the show, saw the flag, he grabbed it from the man and threw it behind the stage.
“I happen to look out of the corner of my eye, and I see this guy run up and he has the flag,” Hughes told News 4. “I think that sign of disrespect has no place at our show and in our theater, and I felt the need to respond in that moment.”
A member of the audience, Crystal Sotomayor, recorded the moment that Hughes snatched the flag. The video has now gone viral on social media.
— Matt (@broadway_4me) September 6, 2018
Ya’ll someone really paid $200+ to see Frozen on Broadway just to hold up a Trump sign during the bows… and then this! Haha! pic.twitter.com/JO5xRbLtYX
— Patrick Dougall (@PatrickADougall) September 6, 2018
“We were ecstatic that [Hughes] took the flag, it needed to happen,” Sotomayor said. “That was ridiculous.”
After his flag was taken away, Sotomayor said the man started to point at his visor and said he needed $5 for his flag. She said all she could think is “he’s insane.”
When asked if he would react the same way if the flag aligned with his own politics, Hughes said that although his personal opinions are anti-Trump 2020, “my instinct and reaction was first out of disrespect to myself and the company.”
“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?” he said. “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 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, cast at @frozenbroadway. I appreciate everyone’s support.”
Frozen the Broadway Musical is adapted from 2013’s hit-TV film Frozen, which follows the story of two sisters – Anna and the Snow Queen Elsa. The show has been on Broadway since March 2018 at St. James Theatre.