The Cast of Hamilton Sends a Strong Message to Mike Pence (After the Crowd Jeers Him)

When Mike Pence entered the Richard Rodgers The­atre to see Hamil­ton Fri­day night, the crowd booed him.

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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  • Gini Vyborney says:

    This post on “Hamil­ton” is an exam­ple of why I sub­scribe to Open Cul­ture. Thank you for post­ing the video; we need hope in these trou­bling times.

  • julian kaye says:

    Jeer­ing is uncul­tured, get a life.

  • PeterK says:

    sor­ry but I don’t come to Open Cul­ture for polit­i­cal dia­tribes. start anoth­er blog for that

  • Peterk says:

    this in the year i’ve been fol­low­ing Open Cul­ture is the first overt polit­i­cal­ly biased post­ing that I can remem­ber

  • Angel Melendez says:

    It’s amaz­ing how the left politi­cizes every­thing. I thought this was a site about cul­ture and not about rad­i­cal left lean­ing pol­i­tics. YOU LOST! DEAL WITH IT!!! Btw, the only hate crimes I’ve seen is that of the “tol­er­ant” left beat­ing up on Trump sup­port­ers. Bye, I’m out of here for good.

  • Susan Walls says:

    Trump and Pence are “tar­nished by alle­ga­tions.…” Unlike Hillary, of course, who appar­ent­ly isn’t tar­nished at all by not *alle­ga­tions*, but *proof* of crim­i­nal activ­i­ty (Project Ver­i­tas, Beng­hazi, the apt­ly-named “Clin­ton Foun­da­tion”). I’m sure, how­ev­er, that we’ll get some GREAT Closed Cul­ture links and com­men­tary on those scan­dals any day now.…

  • Mike Overly says:


    Whether you want to acc­knowl­edge it or not, yes, you have changed. And no, it’s not improp­er for you to cov­er an event, how­ev­er, I can read this type of cov­er­age on CNN. Get back to pre­sent­ing the unbias views of “more eso­teric things” like you use to.


  • Mike Harrop says:

    Please spon­ta­neous­ly post any crap you want… it’s all human, all inter­est­ing… so tired of the mono­lat­er­al tun­nel­s­peak spewed ad nau­se­am by the US intel­li­gentsia these days. God, we used to admire it !

  • Colin Wills says:

    Please do so sir!

  • Colin Wills says:

    That would depend entire­ly on your def­i­n­i­tion of cul­ture. I sus­pect your’s is quite restric­tive :)

  • Colin Wills says:

    The Left? Where the dear folk of the USA got the idea that the Democ­rats are remote­ly “Left” has always con­fused me. Here in NZ they would be some dis­tance to the right of our gov­ern­ing Nation­al Par­ty. The local Tories.

  • Bill G says:

    I flipped into the com­ments expect­ing to see a thought­ful con­ver­sa­tion about what hap­pened at Hamil­ton. Instead I found a lot of pre­sump­tu­ous read­ers telling Open Cul­ture how to man­age their affairs. When Hamil­ton sends a mes­sage to Pence, it seems like the debate should be about the mes­sage Hamil­ton sent to Pence. The com­ments I read here seem like an unin­tel­li­gent way of shut­ting down what could be a rich­er con­ver­sa­tion.

    That’s just my take.


  • Mark Brinton says:

    What would have the reac­tion been if Ann and Nan­cy Wil­son had called out audi­ence mem­ber Pres­i­dent Oba­ma on, say, drone war­fare right after they fin­ished per­form­ing “Stair­way To Heav­en” at the Kennedy Cen­ter?

  • Ronny says:

    Great arti­cle. Not all read­ers are Amer­i­can, so would not be read­ing about such occur­rences on ‘CNN’. Thank you for the post.

  • Michael says:

    I find the behav­iour of the cast unciv­i­lized. There’s a time for every­thing and this was­n’t it.

    And: I won­der how many of the peo­ple who are appalled by the result of the pres­i­den­tial elect­ian actu­al­ly vot­ed.

  • H. Douglas Stead says:

    Noth­ing new as cul­ture is diverse and evolv­ing. We can only view and appre­ci­ate our part with­in our cul­ture through the intro­spec­tive hard look­ing into a mir­ror and seing who is look­ing back..

    As You Like It, Act II, Scene VII, by William Shake­speare


    A fool, a fool! I met a fool i’ the for­est,
    A mot­ley fool; a mis­er­able world!



    Thou seest we are not all alone unhap­py:
    This wide and uni­ver­sal the­atre
    Presents more woe­ful pageants than the scene
    Where­in we play in.


    All the world’s a stage,
    And all the men and women mere­ly play­ers:
    They have their exits and their entrances;
    And one man in his time plays many parts,
    His acts being sev­en ages. At first the infant,
    Mewl­ing and puk­ing in the nurse’s arms.
    And then the whin­ing school-boy, with his satchel
    And shin­ing morn­ing face, creep­ing like snail
    Unwill­ing­ly to school. And then the lover,
    Sigh­ing like fur­nace, with a woe­ful bal­lad
    Made to his mis­tress’ eye­brow. Then a sol­dier,
    Full of strange oaths and beard­ed like the pard,
    Jeal­ous in hon­our, sud­den and quick in quar­rel,
    Seek­ing the bub­ble rep­u­ta­tion
    Even in the can­non’s mouth. And then the jus­tice,
    In fair round bel­ly with good capon lined,
    With eyes severe and beard of for­mal cut,
    Full of wise saws and mod­ern instances;
    And so he plays his part. The sixth age shifts
    Into the lean and slip­per’d pan­taloon,
    With spec­ta­cles on nose and pouch on side,
    His youth­ful hose, well saved, a world too wide
    For his shrunk shank; and his big man­ly voice,
    Turn­ing again toward child­ish tre­ble, pipes
    And whis­tles in his sound. Last scene of all,
    That ends this strange event­ful his­to­ry,
    Is sec­ond child­ish­ness and mere obliv­ion,
    Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans every­thing.

    Cheers, Doug Stead

    Per­pe­tra­tors, col­lab­o­ra­tors, bystanders, vic­tims: we can be clear about three of these cat­e­gories. The bystanders, how­ev­er, act as a ful­crum and “All that is nec­es­sary for the tri­umph of evil is that good peo­ple do noth­ing”. If you are not a part of the solu­tion, you are part of the prob­lem! With apolo­gies to Edmund Burke (1729 ~ 1797).

  • Martha Heiden says:

    Dan, I love you!

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