The cast of “Beetlejuice” was upstaged by the Denver Performing Arts Center twice last week after it released detailed video surveillance of the audience to shame a controversial Republican congresswoman.
The behavior of U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert was unacceptable, and after seeing the second batch of videos the theater released to the media, which quickly spread across social media, we agree the theater was right to ask her to leave.
But the public shaming was a bit much.
Boebert’s objectionable behavior was hitting the vape in the theater during intermission when she should have stepped outside, because that’s just gross.
The arts center also objected to her singing and taking a cell phone picture.
But they didn’t stop there.
After the first round of media hits, the Denver Arts Center released even more video showing Boebert and her date groping each other like teenagers at the movies.
It was clearly designed to humiliate the congresswoman and embarrass her Western Slope constituency.
— Rob Witwer (@robwitwer) September 15, 2023
And it worked.
Boebert hit a full reverse and issued an apology, as reported by the New York Times:
“The past few days have been difficult and humbling, and I’m truly sorry for the unwanted attention my Sunday evening in Denver has brought to the community,” Ms. Boebert said in a statement Friday night. “While none of my actions or words as a private citizen that night were intended to be malicious or meant to cause harm, the reality is they did and I regret that.”
Ms. Boebert, who can be seen on the video touching and carrying on with her date while sitting in the middle of a crowded theater, blamed what she called her “public and difficult divorce” for her behavior and said, “I simply fell short of my values on Sunday.”
It’s up to the voters of the 3rd Congressional District as to whether they are willing to look past her behavior.
And with the field of credible candidates already in the race to challenger her in next year’s election, the release of these videos will most assuredly leave a mark, as the arts center most likely intended.
It is super creepy to see how clearly the entire audience is so closely surveilled on video throughout performances in the theater.
We wonder if the audience is even aware, or if they somehow signed away their rights to privacy with the purchase of each ticket?
Do they inadvertently agree to have surveillance video released to TV stations and across social media if they get caught picking their noses, kissing dates, sneaking a selfie or breaking other house rules?
Or does that only apply to Republicans and other politicians who refuse their funding requests?
Boebert was clearly in the wrong, and so was the Denver Performing Arts Center for instigating a political media circus.
— Piyush Mittal 🇺🇸🇺🇦🟧🌊 (@piyushmittal) September 18, 2023
We give their entire performance two thumbs down.