Call Me By Your Name star Armie Hammer and current star of Broadway’s Straight White Men spoke out when a heckler shouted “You’re not welcome here!” at gender non-conforming trans activist and author Kate Bornstein during a performance last week.
The heckler shouted during the show’s opening as if it were some sort of invitation when Bornstein appears on stage appears with two-spirit artist Ty Defoe and says, “Good evening, ladies, gentlemen, and the rest of us.” The heckler and her husband allegedly also booed loudly while Bornstein was on stage.
Hammer, an LGBTQ ally, tweeted at the anti-trans heckler following the performance.
To the woman in our audience who felt it was appropriate to yell, “You’re not welcome here!” at Kate Bornstein, our beloved friend, co-worker, and now family member..... feel free never to come back.
— Armie Hammer (@armiehammer) August 9, 2018
Straight White Men costar Josh Charles took Hammer’s sentiment a step further in his response to Hammer’s tweet.
And also feel free to go fuck yourself lady. https://t.co/bKSO5MPxB0
— Josh Charles (@MrJoshCharles) August 9, 2018
Meanwhile, Bornstein posted about the incident on Facebook.
“I’m deeply touched by the outpouring of love and support in response to an attempted shaming of me,” Bornstein wrote. “It’s true what people are saying: a woman, in response to my opening line of the show, ’Good evening, ladies, gentlemen, and the rest of us,’ called out from the audience, ’You’re not welcome here.’ She could not have been more wrong.”
“The cast, crew, and company of Straight White Men have been warm, welcoming, and inclusive of me and the other trans actors in the show, Ty Defoe and T.L. Thompson. The production company, Second Stage Theater, have only expressed delight in welcoming us aboard,” Bornstein continued. “And the staff of the Helen Hayes Theater could not be more welcoming—we all of us give and receive nightly hugs. So, I don’t know who she thought she was talking about when she claimed that I’m not welcome. I was not shamed by her. I was puzzled. What could have caused this woman’s outburst?”
Audience members who endured the heckler's outbursts responded to Hammer’s tweet, and with their help, her seat was pinpointed and Hammer tweeted that he would report her to officials at the theater.