Hillary Clinton Ridiculed for Bizarre Joke During Unexpected Tony Awards Cameo

By: Georgia | Published: Jun 17, 2024

Hillary Clinton graced the 2024 Tony Awards at New York’s Lincoln Center, showcasing the musical ‘Suffs.’ 

Not just a figurehead, Clinton has put her weight behind the production as both a supporter and producer.

A Star-Studded Welcome

When Hillary Clinton stepped onto the stage, the theater erupted in applause and a heartfelt standing ovation from the celebrity-packed audience. 

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Close-up image of Hillary Clinton smiling directly at the camera

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Their admiration for the former Secretary of State and First Lady was palpable, celebrating her influence and presence with great enthusiasm.

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Merging Past and Present

In her speech, Clinton wove her personal political battles with the historical narrative of ‘Suffs,’ saying, “I have stood on a lot of stages, but this is very special. I know a little bit about how hard it is to make change.”

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Her words echoed the long fight for women’s voting rights, connecting her story with those of the past.

A Humorous Touch

Clinton lightened the mood by referencing her 2016 election loss, which sparked a mix of reactions. 

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While some found humor in her candidness, others appreciated the personal touch she brought to the evening, showcasing her resilience and ability to engage on sensitive topics with grace.

Celebrating 'Suffs'

With genuine pride, Clinton applauded ‘Suffs’ for its role in enriching American theater and historical awareness.

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The cast of the musical 'Suffs' on stage, dressed in period suffragette costumes with sashes and hats

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She highlighted the musical’s success and its portrayal of the suffragists, proudly noting, “I’m extremely proud of this original American musical by Shaina Taub—now a two-time Tony winner.”

A Call to the Ballot

Clinton didn’t miss the chance to stress the importance of voting, especially with the 2024 presidential election looming.

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She reminded everyone, “It’s almost impossible to think about what a challenge that was, but now it’s an election year, and we need to be reminded about how important it is to vote.”

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The Internet Weighs In

The reaction online to Clinton’s appearance was a mixed bag.

Hillary Clinton smiling broadly and laughing while holding a microphone, wearing a plaid red and black jacket

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Some found humor in her engagement, with comments like Ryan Gidursky’s post, which read “Democrats were like, ‘how do I do something more cringe than Robert DeNiro? Hillary Clinton: ‘hold my drink’.”

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Online Critics Speak Out

Not everyone was thrilled with Clinton’s presentation.

Hillary Clinton speaking at a podium, wearing a bright pink blazer with a gold necklace

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Sharp criticism also surfaced on social media, with one user bluntly stating, “Hillary Clinton Appears at the Tony Awards to Make Election Year Pitch, Earning Applause from Entitled Elites. I loathe this woman.”

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A Producer's Reveal

For some, the news that Clinton was an executive producer of ‘Suffs’ came as an unexpected revelation. 

Performers from the musical 'Suffs' dressed in white and gold period costumes

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This sparked humorous commentary online, with remarks like, “Is this really how I found out that Hillary Clinton was executive producer of a musical about suffragettes called Suffs lmao. This is a 30 Rock bit.”

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Media Observations

Media personalities also noted who opted out of the standing ovation, with E. Alex Jung from Vulture noting, “Cheers to whoever was brave enough not to do the standing ovation for Hillary Clinton.” 

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This highlighted a more subdued reaction amidst the general acclaim.

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Clinton's Stylish Statement

During the awards, Clinton also made a fashion statement that resonated with many, especially during Pride Month.

Hillary Clinton speaking at the Tony Awards, dressed in a white and gold embroidered caftan

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Her choice of attire was celebrated on social media, with comments celebrating her style, “Hillary Clinton said ‘It is Pride Month and I’m presenting on the #TonyAwards, I shall wear a fabulous caftan!’ and GOOD. FOR. HER.”

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'Suffs' Scores Big

While it didn’t snag Best Musical, ‘Suffs’ took home accolades for Best Book of a Musical and Best Original Score.

Actors in 'Suffs' dressed in colorful period costumes with umbrellas, performing a scene on a yellow and purple themed stage

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Clinton was effusive in her pride for these achievements, marking another milestone in her diverse and decorated career in the public spotlight.

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