Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu used social media Tuesday to dispute reports — with video evidence — that he was booed during a performance of the musical “Hamilton” Saturday.
Best fake scandal ever? Netanyahu got a standing ovation walking into Hamilton. Media reported he was booed. So he just posted the video. https://t.co/3xyZXGzlAp— (((Yair Rosenberg))) (@Yair_Rosenberg) September 27, 2016
Multiple media outlets — including the New York Post's Page Six — had reported that Netanyahu was greeted by boos at the theater.
When you read the article, you find out there was more applause than booing. Stay classy, Page Six. https://t.co/biD0bmET62— Lahav Harkov (@LahavHarkov) September 26, 2016
Netanyahu Booed at 'HAMILTON' Performance... https://t.co/PhSIekiDxW— DRUDGE REPORT (@DRUDGE_REPORT) September 28, 2016
“The show started late because of his arrival — the heightened security slowed down seating,” an unnamed “theatergoer” told Page Six. “But he still entered and sat down before the lights went down, so everyone was focused on him. There was a lot of applause when he walked in, but definitely a few loud boos.”
Netanyahu responded with Facebook post, which included the video of the entrance. In the wrote he noted that he attended the show with his wife Sarah while visiting New York City to attend the UN General Assembly and that they were welcomed “with enthusiasm” at the show.
After my speech to the UN General Assembly, I went with my wife Sara to the musical Hamilton. When I entered the main hall of the theater, more than 1,000 people welcomed us with enthusiasm. Many stood on their feet and applauded. Among the cheering crowd maybe one or two called out derogatory remarks. The audience, which was mostly composed of Americans from across the United States, included Senator Chuck Schumer.
It was hard to believe that a number of media outlets later reported that I was booed. The headline on Ynet said: "Netanyahu hassled while watching Hamilton on Broadway." A Haaretz reporter published on his Twitter feed a headline that said: "Boos for Bibi: Israeli PM Netanyahu is jeered by Broadway crowd has he goes to watch hit musical Hamilton."
“It's rare that one can see such a stark difference between the truth and what was reported,” he concluded. “Watch this video and see for yourself. Share it.”
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