Vice-President elect attended Hamilton last night. He was apparently booed by the crowd. I sympathize with the booing. Pence and his colleagues abetted the election of a grifting demagogue as President. Penceâ€™s own track record opposing LGBTQ rights also deserves condemnation. Still, booing politicians is ungracious and tacky. Itâ€™s not an especially good look. Most important, it squanders the opportunity to say something of substance.
Fortunately, as noted in Vox, Hamiltonâ€™s cast took a different approach. Actor Brandon Victor Dixon addressed Pence from the stage. Quieting some crowd booing directed at Mr. Pence, Dixon politely, Â directly, and firmly said some things that needed to be said:
Vice-President elect Pence: We welcome you and we truly thank you for joining us at Hamilton: An American Musical. We really do.
We, sir, are the diverse America who are alarmed and anxious that your new administration will not protect us, our planet, our children, our parents â€” or defend us and uphold our inalienable rights, sir.
But we truly hope that this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and work on behalf of all of us. All of us.
We truly thank you for sharing this show â€” this wonderful American story told by a diverse group of men, women of different colors, creeds, and orientations.
Thatâ€™s how the President-elect and his key advisors should be treated at all public events for the rest of the Trump presidency: With correct but cold civility. This presidency is not normal. We canâ€™t let anyone forget that.
â€” Hamilton (@HamiltonMusical) November 19, 2016