Bernadette Peters takes her love for animals very seriously.
The three-time Tony-winning Broadway star – who is known for leading productions of ‘Sunday in the Park with George’, ‘Song and Dance’ and ‘Annie Get Your Gun’ – was at Shubert Alley in New York on Saturday, July 10 for its 24th edition Broadway Barking pet adoption event.
Peters, who helped found the charity behind the initiative in 1998 with Mary Tyler Moore, reacted to protesters who crashed his event.
In a video posted on Twitterthe 74-year-old actor called out protesters for interrupting her as she gave a speech on stage.
“Sorry! You are preventing all the animals here from having a chance to be adopted,” she told them as the crowd cheered.
She asked, “Isn’t that what you want?” before continuing his remarks.
The social media user who shared the clip wrote in the caption: ‘How do we get Bernadette a Tony for fighting the protesters at Broadway Barks?
According to Animal Rights News Twitter Account, activists behind the website notretour.net, the protesters were speaking out against the Humane Society of New York. (It is unclear how or if the Humane Society was involved in Peters’ organization.)
As the clip circulated on social media, many applauded the way Peters handled the heckling. One person seemed to agree with the original post and commented“Literally give Bernadette another Tony for just existing.”
When another asked what the protest was about, writer Jill Twiss jokingly replied“Women who still have flawless skin even though they’re sort of 74 years old.”
“Imagine pissing off Bernadette Peters, of all people,” a Twitter user wrote.
Many did not understand why protesters would speak out at Peters’ event given his history with Broadway Barks and his support for animal rights.
“What are they protesting even as Bernadette is one of the biggest animal activists I-”, a person demand.
A few social media users also compared the moment to another Broadway legend, Patti LuPone, who challenged moviegoers in May who refused to follow the mask policy.
“An angry Bernadette Peters is so much scarier than an angry Patti LuPone,” one person said. said.
Aside from the minor hiatus, Broadway Barks — and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS which produces the event each year — completed its first in-person “adopt-a-thon” since the COVID-19 pandemic began.
Actors like Sutton Foster — who co-hosted the event — and Hugh Jackman were also on hand to support Peters’ efforts to help dogs and cats find forever homes, according to CBS News New York.
“Broadway Barks has helped place thousands of pets into loving homes with the help of volunteers and celebrities,” the charity’s website says. “As Broadway Barks looks to the future, it will continue to focus on shelter animals here and across the country while highlighting responsible pet ownership, the importance of neutering, the pet identification and the impact pets have on our lives.”