We are undergoing a major cultural shift in the way that our society views assholes who use their phones during plays.
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A guy tried to charge his phone on the stage of Hand to God. He got ridiculed. A woman tried to text during Shows for Days. Patti Lupone stole her phone. And if you think celebrities are above the consequences for committing theatrical phone crimes, you are wrong. Because Madonna just got called out.
Actor Jonathan Groff says that Madonna was texting all throughout a performance of the musical Hamilton, which ran off-Broadway and begins previews on Broadway this week. Groff—who you might know from Looking or Glee or Spring Awakening, or all three, or none—described her behavior in an interview with Dot429. The interviewer had heard that Madonna wasn't invited backstage after the show, and asked if Groff found that unfair. He didn't.
No. Because that bitch was on her phone. You couldn't miss it from the stage. It was a black void of the audience in front of us and her face there perfectly lit by the light of her iPhone through three-quarters of the show.
Groff goes on to try to stir up a feud between Madonna and Michelle Obama, who not only didn't text during the show, but "came backstage and hugged every crew member—the wig girl, all the costume people, every cast member. She said to us—and this is a direct quote—'This is the greatest piece of art I've ever seen.'"
According to Us Weekly, the show's creator, Lin Manuel-Miranda, reportedly tweeted and then deleted his own jab at Madge. The tweet said: "Tonight was the first time I asked stage management NOT to allow a celebrity (who was texting all through Act 2) backstage. #noselfieforyou."
Madonna's rep, however, says she wasn't texting during the actual play but during a fundraising pitch after it ended. Who can we believe? And what crazy event will happen next? Will a Broadway audience member call one of the actors on the stage and ask if their refrigerator is running? Will someone in the front row of Les Mis decide to revamp their Tinder profile? Will people start actually following the rules and turning off their phones while they enjoy live theater?