When the play ended, the cast sent Pence off with a special message. Speaking for the cast, Brandon Victor Dixon, the actor who plays Aaron Burr, said this:
You know we have a guest in the audience this evening. Vice President-elect Pence I see you walking out but I hope you will hear us just a few more moments.
There is nothing to boo here ladies and gentlemen, we are all sharing a story of love. We have a message for you sir, and we hope you will hear us out…
Vice President-elect Mike Pence we welcome you and we truly thank you for joining us here at Hamilton, an American Musical.
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 or uphold our inalienable rights, sir. But we truly hope this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and to work on behalf of all of us.
We truly thank you for sharing this show, this wonderful American story told by a diverse group of men and women of different colors, creeds and orientations.
Trump and Pence came to office exploiting racial, national and ethnic resentments across America. They’re now putting figures like Steve Bannon and Jeff Sessions (both tarnished by allegations of racism) in positions of power. And we’re seeing hate crimes on the rise. (701 reported cases since the election.) It’s no surprise that the new government is getting taken to task. It’s free speech in action, democracy being the sometimes raucous, in your face thing it can be.
Fortunately Pence seems to have a finer appreciation of the role dissent plays in our country: He has since told The Hollywood Reporter, “I did hear what was said from the stage, and I can tell you, I wasn’t offended by what was said.” “It was a real joy to be there. When we arrived, we heard a few boos and a few cheers, and I nudged my kids and reminded them, ‘That’s what freedom sounds like.” Kudos to him.
In other culture/education news, Donald Trump has agreed to pay $25 million to settle his Trump University fraud case.
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