Hillary Clinton has been understandably avoiding the spotlight ever since she lost the presidential election this past November despite winning the popular vote. In a rare public appearance, she was in attendance for the final showing of the Broadway renewal of “The Color Purple.”
As she enjoyed the performance with her husband and daughter, Clinton was welcomed with applause several standing ovations from the audience, according to The New York Times.
“I was having every emotion I’ve tried to get rid of over the past few weeks,” said audience member Jordan Serpone during intermission after shaking her hand. “She shouldn’t be here. She should be planning her cabinet.”
Clinton’s warm welcome at the show was capped when actress Patrice Covington shouted her out while giving the production’s farewell speech on behalf of the cast.
“There’s a lot of really awesome famous and notable people here today,” she said. “I’m not going to call all of them out — I know you already know them.”
This is in strike contrast to the reaction Vice President-elect Mike Pence received while attending “Hamilton.” Pence was famously called out by the cast and encouraged to work towards a more inclusive America after ducking out early and listening from the back of the room.
While the [electoral college] voting went one way, the people have clearly spoken.