By now I’m sure you’ve heard all about VP-elect Mike Pence’s appearance in the audience of Hamilton – yes, the Broadway show you and I can’t get tickets for.
Pence was walking out of the theatre prior to the curtain call when the cast took the opportunity to share their collective sentiment toward Pence’s (and Donald Trump’s) policies, with the following statement from lead actor Brandon Victor Dixon, according to CNN:
“Vice President-elect Pence, we welcome you and we truly thank you for joining us here at ‘Hamilton: An American Musical.’ We really do,” Dixon said. “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.”
Here’s what happened before and after:
- Upon Pence’s arrival at the theatre, the majority of the audience greeted him with boos.
- Trump (true to form…) took to Twitter and demanded an apology from the cast of Hamilton for its collective “harassment” of the VP-elect.
Our wonderful future V.P. Mike Pence was harassed last night at the theater by the cast of Hamilton, cameras blazing.This should not happen!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 19, 2016
- Conservatives are now calling to #BoycottHamilton.
Regardless of your political affiliation, I see a few problems with the entirety of the situation.
- Even Pence deserves a break from politics. He is, just like you and I, allowed to attend a performance of a musical without having to hear about work.
- That said, he is the VP-elect and is constantly in the public eye and under perpetual scrutiny. He took the job, and to say that he should expect to discuss his policies (or even Trump’s policies and campaign promises) wherever he goes is an understatement.
- As the head of Trump’s transition team, Pence could have picked a different time to see Hamilton other than right in the middle of the transition. He doesn’t have to wait to see Hamilton like we all do; he could wait until after January 20.
- If the above transcript is correct, Dixon and the cast were perfectly respectful in their address to Pence, even urging the audience to not “boo” him. For Trump to claim harassment on the part of the cast is absurd.
- And finally, a note to the audience: to echo the words of our soon to be former POTUS – while “Don’t boo, vote” doesn’t apply anymore, “Don’t boo, work toward change” does.
Disclaimer: The political views expressed in this article do not necessarily express the views of Not Another Millennial Blog.