Guy Sorry for Yelling 'Heil Trump!' During Fiddler on Roof

Surprise, kids! There was alcohol involved
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 18, 2018 10:48 AM CST
Guy Sorry for Yelling 'Heil Trump!' During Fiddler on Roof
Cast members rehearse "Fiddler on the Roof" in New York.   (Joan Marcus/Jeffery Richards Associates via AP)

File another one under Things That Seem Like a Good Idea While You're Drunk: Anthony Derlunas caused a stir Wednesday night in a Baltimore theater when he screamed "Heil Hitler! Heil Trump!" during intermission of a performance of Fiddler on the Roof—apparently inspired by the president's immigration policies and several glasses of wine, reports the Washington Post. "That didn't help my thinking one bit," says Derlunas, who's eating no small amount of crow over what he says was an ill-conceived protest of aforementioned policies. "The thing that I can’t stand is Trump spreading hatred, and what did I do? I spread hatred," the 58-year-old told the Baltimore Sun.

Fellow patrons at the Hippodrome weren't only offended (the play deals with the persecution of a Jewish family), they were frightened: "People started running," says an audience member. "I’ll be honest, I was waiting to hear a gunshot." Security escorted Derlunas out and police issued him a stop ticket. The Hippodrome, however, issued him a lifetime ban, which Derlunas doesn't have a problem with. "I would ban me too if I was in their position," he says. (More alcohol is bad for you stories.)

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