When theater-goers took their seats for a performance of Beetlejuice The Musical at the Temple Buell Theater on Sept. 10, the show they were treated to went wildly off-book.
However, it wasn’t the action on the stage that turned the heads of the audience. It was the unhinged, embarrassing, lewd behavior of the duly elected Representative to the United States Congress for Colorado’s District 3, Lauren Boebert.
By now, you’ve likely read about the disturbance she caused in the theater during the performance, but here’s a quick recap: according to the report filed by the security team at the Denver Performing Arts Complex — backed up by actual footage of security cameras from inside the building — Boebert was vaping and singing along with the show at volume. Multiple patrons reported her behavior, and security asked her and her companion to leave. After arguing for several moments with the security team and refusing to vacate her seat, she finally relented, but on her way out, she was sure to fire off a few “do you know who I am?” comments and threats at the staff doing their jobs like, “I’m on the board!” and “I will be contacting the Mayor!”
Later, more footage came to light showing the Congresswoman groping and being groped by her date while seated in the theater and taking flash photographs with her phone. Additionally, prior to the release of the footage, Boebert denied the allegations.
In clips that have since been posted online, you can clearly see her date’s hands on her breasts with her hand in his crotch. This behavior from a woman who has been banging a steady drumbeat of manufactured concern about the so-called “grooming” of children by democrats for supporting LGTBQ+ causes. It’s worth noting further: the man she was on a date with owns a bar in Aspen that has hosted drag and burlesque shows. Her hypocrisy knows no bounds.
In her statement, Boebert placed the blame of her antics on her split from her husband of 18 years, Jayson Boebert. You may also recall that he pleaded guilty to exposing his genitalia to a minor in a bowling alley in 2004. She said, “There’s no perfect blueprint for going through a public and difficult divorce, which over the past few months has made for a challenging personal time for me and my entire family. I’ve tried to handle it with strength and grace as best I can, but I simply fell short of my values on Sunday.”
As an electorate, we’ve long held to the belief that the people we select to represent us in Congress should exhibit a higher standard of behavior than what one might expect from an intoxicated, boorish, entitled brat at a night out at the theater (while we don’t know if Boebert was intoxicated, it would be nice to think that a sober person wouldn’t have behaved the way she did). And yes, while the antics of our elected officials have frequently and consistently disappointed us, it doesn’t make this performance any less disgusting, and horribly embarrassing for the citizens of District 3, who don’t deserve to be cast in such a humiliating light.
Boebert’s seat is up for grabs in 2024. If she’s reelected after this utterly abhorrent public display — and her long record of uneducated, ill-advised and remarkably ignorant rants — then District 3 will have proven to deserve the Representative they get.