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Denver, Colorado – The world of politics occasionally intersects with entertainment, and on September 10, 2023, U.S. Congresswoman Lauren Boebert, a Republican representing Colorado, found herself at the center of a public controversy after being asked to leave a performance of the musical “Beetlejuice” in Denver. The incident, which initially raised questions about her ejection from the theater, ultimately unfolded as a story of disruptive and inappropriate behavior.
The Unruly Theater Experience
The sequence of events that led to Boebert’s removal from the theater began with complaints about vaping, recording video, and disturbing other patrons during the Sunday performance of “Beetlejuice.” What initially seemed like a case of high spirits escalated into a significant disruption that drew the attention of both theater staff and fellow audience members.
Vaping Violation: Surveillance footage obtained by Denver’s 9News station left no room for doubt; Boebert was openly vaping during the performance. This behavior raised eyebrows as the theater had explicit rules prohibiting vaping inside the venue. Ushers reportedly approached Boebert multiple times to address this violation, but their efforts were in vain.
Inappropriate Conduct: Perhaps more shocking than the vaping was the inappropriate conduct displayed within Boebert’s seats. The CCTV footage captured her male companion engaging in behavior that was not only offensive but also disruptive. He was seen fondling Boebert’s breasts, and she reciprocated with inappropriate physical contact. These actions continued into the second act of the musical, further intensifying the disruption.
Confrontation with a Concerned Patron
Adding to the controversy was a confrontation between Boebert and a pregnant woman seated nearby. This concerned patron approached Boebert and respectfully requested that she cease vaping, considering the potential risks to her health and the unborn child. Boebert’s reported refusal to comply with this simple request only exacerbated the disruption, leading to further attention from theater staff.
The pregnant woman later spoke to the New York Post, expressing her astonishment at the disruptive behavior, saying, “These people in front of us were outrageous. I’ve never seen anyone act like that before.” Her comments highlighted the extent of the disruption caused by Boebert and her companion.
In the wake of widespread attention and criticism, Lauren Boebert issued a public apology on Friday evening. She acknowledged the unwanted attention the incident had brought to the community and attributed her behavior to the challenging personal circumstances she is currently facing. Notably, Boebert is going through a “public and difficult divorce” from her husband, Jayson, a marriage that lasted nearly 20 years.
In her statement, Boebert expressed regret for her actions, saying, “I’ve tried to handle it with strength and grace as best I can, but I simply fell short of my values on Sunday.” The apology marked an attempt to take responsibility for her actions and move forward from the incident.
Initial Denial and Twitter Response
It’s worth noting that Boebert’s initial response to the incident was denial. She denied vaping during the performance and humorously suggested that she had been removed from the theater for simply enjoying the show too much. Her tweet on X (formerly Twitter) read, “[pleaded] guilty to laughing and singing too loud!” This initial response contradicted the evidence presented by surveillance footage.
Lauren Boebert is no stranger to controversy. She has gained notoriety in Congress for her far-right political stance and a history of making inflammatory statements, particularly targeting marginalized communities, including LGBTQ+ people and Muslims. What makes this incident particularly noteworthy is the presence of Boebert’s male companion, identified as Democrat Quinn Gallagher. Gallagher is the proprietor of a bar known for hosting LGBTQ+ events and drag performances, which have often been targeted by conservative groups. This unexpected association adds an intriguing layer to the story.
Lauren Boebert’s disruptive behavior at the “Beetlejuice” musical highlights the challenges faced by public figures in balancing their personal lives with their public roles. Her public apology reflects an acknowledgment of her actions and their impact. This incident, however, adds to the controversies surrounding her tenure in Congress, raising questions about her conduct and the responsibilities of elected officials.