Hours after President Donald Trump praised the "fine people on both sides" at the deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville — to the shock of, well, many — noted Trump antagonist Michael Moore brought his Broadway audience on a pair of double decker buses to Trump Tower to protest the president and to hold a candlelight vigil for Heather Heyer, the 32-year-old woman killed by an alleged white supremacist in Charlottesville.
Moore is currently starring in a one-man show, Terms of My Surrender, which he had described in May as "a humorous play about a country that’s just elected a madman." At the time he added that, "We’re 10 blocks from Trump Tower... If one was going to stand on a stage and do the things that I’m going to do, there’s only one place to do it, and it’s here in this city and it’s right here at the epicenter of creative expression and free speech."
So during the Tuesday night performance, he led theatergoers to the buses. The NY Times noted that the field trip occurred about 90 minutes into the show: "Like any Broadway spectacle, the excursion was a splice of authentic emotion and fabrication. It seemed equal part an earnest bid to get people off the sidelines and into a picket line and equal part showbiz hoopla aimed at bolstering a show that opened last week to mixed reviews and that has not yet caught fire with ticket buyers."
There was also star power: Mark Ruffalo, Marisa Tomei and Fisher Stevens—who offered advice on which route to take from the Belasco Theatre on West 44th Street to Trump Tower—sat at the front of the upper level of the bus with Moore. Olivia Wilde and Tom Sturridge, who are starring in the hardcore production of 1984 next to the Belasco, were also on board.
"I'm hurting today," Ruffalo said, leading the crowd in chant on Fifth Avenue. "Something's dying in America. The soul of America. The dream of America. The hope of America is languishing today, is hurting today and it's not going to stop until Donald Trump is stopped. Until [Sebastian] Gorka is stopped. Until Steve Bannon is stopped. Until Stephen Miller. We're decent people. We're a multicultural country. We all come from some place else, what's beautiful about us is our differences. Whiteness is nothing without the rest of the rainbow!"
Heading to Trump Tower for a candle light vigil for Heather Heyer who was murdered by an Alt Right American Nazi.
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