Hamilton Actors Exercise Their Right to Free Speech

 

Trump Calls for a Safe Space for Mike Pence Amongst Immigrants, POC, & LGBTQ+ at the Theater

Who knew Trump had a sense of irony?

Oh wait, he was serious.

Mike Pence had the gall to attend a Broadway performance of Hamilton last night. The audience booed when he arrived, then cheered and gave standing ovations during the performance timed to send Pence a message. At the end of the show Brandon Victor Dixon, the current Aaron Burr, read a message to Pence from the cast asking him to uphold American rights and values for all Americans.

“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.”

Trump responded by tweeting that the cast was rude and should apologize to Pence. If only his standard for when an apology is necessary was so low when he’s the one doing the harassment. He’d spend the next 4 years doing nothing but apologizing for past offenses

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!   6:48 AM – 19 Nov 2016

The Theater must always be a safe and special place.The cast of Hamilton was very rude last night to a very good man, Mike Pence. Apologize!   6:56 AM – 19 Nov 2016

Meanwhile, the cast did nothing more than take the opportunity to speak to one of their elected representatives and politely request that he consider their needs when he makes decisions. Of course that’s a difficult concept for Trump and Pence to see, since they obviously don’t think they represent anyone like the cast members of Hamilton.

More at The Washington Post and NBC News

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