“Hamilton” on Broadway vs. Donald Trump
On Friday, November 18, vice-president elect Mike Pence attended an evening performance of “Hamilton on Broadway” which was met with a few boos from the audience, sources say.
The boos later turned into roaring applause during the show’s curtain call when actor Brian Victor Dixon made a special request to Pence as the rest of the “Hamilton” cast members stood beside him in support.
After encouraging the audience to pull out their cell phones and share his request to Pence via social media, Dixon said, “Vice President-elect Pence, we welcome you, and we truly thank you for joining us here at ‘Hamilton: An American Musical.’ We really do. We, sir, we are the diverse America who are alarmed and anxious that your new administration will not protect us, our planet, our children, our parents, or defend us and uphold our inalienable rights, sir. But we truly hope this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and work on behalf of all of us. All of us. Again, we truly thank you truly for seeing this show, this wonderful American story told by a diverse group of men and women of different colors, creeds and orientations.”
Though Mike Pence has since gone public and said that he was not offended by the boos or Dixon’s remarks, President-elect Trump has expressed completely different views.
On Saturday, November 19, Trump tweeted that the “Hamilton” cast “harassed” Pence and demanded an apology.
Check out Trump’s tweets below.
Following Trump’s series of tweets, social media users in support of Trump created the hashtags #BoycottHamilton and #NameaPenceMusical.
Check out those tweets below.
“Hamilton” is a Tony-award winning musical about Alexander Hamilton from his humble beginnings as an orphan and an immigrant to becoming one of the Founding Fathers of the Unites States. The show celebrates diversity and the immigrants that helped shape the U.S. to the powerful nation it is today.
When the “Hamilton” cast sang the popular lyrics “Immigrants, we get the job done!,” there was reportedly a standing ovation from the audience.
Sources claim that Dixon’s statement to Pence was written by the show’s creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda; its director, Thomas Kail; and the lead producer, Jeffrey Seller, with input from cast members.
“We had to ask ourselves, how do we cope with this?” Seller told the New York Times. “Our cast could barely go on stage the day after the election. The election was painful and crushing to all of us here. We all struggled with what was the appropriate and respectful and proper response. We are honored that Mr. Pence attended the show, and we had to use this opportunity to express our feelings.”
What are your thoughts on the “Hamilton” cast’s remarks to Mike Pence? Was Donald Trump justified in his feelings?
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