Artist-politician face-offs before Pence and ‘Hamilton’

NEW YORK (AP) — The much-publicized face-off between the cast of “Hamilton” and Vice President-elect Mike Pence, when actor Brandon Dixon read a brief statement from the stage urging Pence to protect the rights of all Americans, set off a debate between those who thought Pence had been treated disrespectfully and those who praised the cast for upholding free speech and diversity.

Friday’s dustup on Broadway was hardly the first incident of its kind. Here are key occasions in the past when members of the arts and entertainment community directly confronted a high government official:

EARTHA KITT: In 1968, the singer and actress was invited to a White House luncheon hosted by Lady Bird Johnson and had blunt words for the first lady about the Vietnam War. “You send the best of this country off to be shot and maimed,” Kitt said. “No wonder the kids rebel and take…

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