Broadway actress Denée Benton besmirched Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis as a Ku Klux Klan grand wizard during Sunday night's 2023 Tony Awards. The insult garnered giddy applause from the audience celebrating their fellow Broadway thespians.
"Hi. I'm Denée Benton, actor, and proud [Carnegie Mellon University] alum. Earlier tonight, CMU and the Tony Awards presented the 2023 Excellence in Theater Education Award, and while I am certain that the current Grand Wizard – I'm sorry, excuse me, governor of my home state of Florida..."
The "Hamilton" actress was interrupted by a resounding applause from the audience, which was jubilantly celebrating that the Republican presidential hopeful was disparagingly labeled as a leader of the Ku Klux Klan.