Unleashed Protestors Growl at Bernadette Peters During Animal Charity Event
Bernadette Peters spoke before an assembled crowd in Schubert Alley, in the heart of New York’s Broadway Theater District, for the 24th annual Broadway Barks animal adoption event on Saturday.
The yearly canine caucus was founded by Peters and the late Mary Tyler Moore to promote the adoption of animals, aid shelters, and works in conjunction with the Humane Society of New York and Main Line Animal Rescue, a group that sponsors a program called Braille Trails which helps visually impaired children. The event is co-produced with Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and performers in current shows come out in force to lend a hand and/or paw. This was the first in-person Broadway Barks following two years of COVID-19.
Seems like the type of thing that only brings positivity into the world—puppies, kitties, and Bernadette!—but Saturday’s event was almost marred by a few hardline animal rights activists. Though their message was a little vague (a photo of a sign suggested that the Humane Society should “send the animals home”) the three-time Tony-winning performer was ready to improvise.
“Excuse me!” she (sorry about this) barked back to the hecklers. “You are stopping all the animals here from being adopted!” she said, to cheers and applause.
PageSix reported that “interlopers holding megaphones [were] dragged off by security guards” and that the scene was “a ruckus.”
Theater people then did what comes naturally, as made evidenced by this online exchange.