By now, you’ve probably heard about the whole Hamilton incident. Long story short, VP-Elect Mike Pence went to the Broadway Musical Hamilton, was booed by the audience and briefly lectured by the cast members.
“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,” the actor who played Vice President Burr, Brandon Victor Dixon, said. “We truly hope that this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and to work on behalf of all of us.”
Say what you want about that statement, but he was implying that Pence doesn’t want to protect “us” or “our children.” That statement also presumes that the Trump administration isn’t interested in upholding our inalienable rights. Yes, it was rude to say to the Pence in the first place, but it’s the implication of the statement that reallyirritated me.
We’re always anti-children or anti-earth or anti-whatever agenda the left’s trying promote on any given day. Their unexpected plea was just another reminder of the left’s tactics. We’re a bunch of racist sexist xenophobes, and that’s that. Case closed. No room for any arguments. Because they feeeeeeel that way, it is so.
I’ve seen a lot of mixed reactions. Some conservatives are calling for a boycott. Others are shrugging their shoulders, unsurprised by the hypocrisy. They have an “it is what it is” attitude.
I don’t fit into any of these categories.
I feel like a lot of conservatives (and members of the mainstream media) are missing the point. It’s the hypocritical nature of the left that makes me mad. This isn’t about removing ourselves from pop culture. We can be immersed in it AND call them out for being giant hypocrites. I don’t think we should sit idly by and let it happen just because “that’s just how things are.” No. We don’t have to tolerate it. Can you even imagine if someone did this to Tim Kaine? Pretend his Queen won. What if he went to a musical and the conservative cast members (HA HA HA! Yeah, right) decided to speechify something fierce at the end. I can see it now…
“We, sir — we — are the diverse America who are alarmed and anxious that your new administration will not protect our religious liberty, our Second Amendment rights, our children– both born AND unborn–, our parents, or defend us and uphold our inalienable rights. We truly hope that this show has inspired Hillary to select Supreme Court justices who’ll uphold our American values and the principles of the Constitution. Remember to work on behalf of all of us.”
Liberals would be all, “SO DISRESPECTFUL! They must apologize! How offensive! Wrong place, wrong time! This is unacceptable!”
Why? Because double standards.
I’m not saying cast members don’t have the right to say what they want. Of course they do. Free speech and all. But just because you have the freedom to say something doesn’t mean you should blurt it out without considering the setting. Is it appropriate?
You don’t go to a restaurant to have the chef wag his finger at you. Do you? Do you go to a concert to have the band tell you how much you suck? It’s the same reason some comedians have audience members walking out these days *coughAmySchumercough*. You’re not a political pundit. People didn’t pay you to hear a lecture. Entertain and shut up. Lecturing your customers is the most idiotic business move in the history of ever.
I’m also sick of people accusing Trump of overreacting. Does this sound like an overreaction to you?
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 19, 2016
Saying it was rude and totally low is “overreacting”? Asking for an apology is right up there with unhinged behavior? Really? Please. That was not an overreaction.
I like pop culture. Heck, I believe conservatives need to keep up with it, but that doesn’t mean that we should shut up and shrug our shoulders every time the progressive controlled entertainment industry tries to “teach us a lesson.” We don’t have to let it roll off our backs. Progressives get to be snobby, condescending, judgmental and disrespectful, and conservatives are expected to sit silently and shrug it off. Why is that?
I’m over it. I’m sick of the “it is what it is” attitude. Just because they’re in their own little world doesn’t mean they get a free pass.
I thought they learned their lesson Nov. 8th. Guess not.