After the recent controversy surrounding a Hamilton cast member’s message to Vice President-elect Mike Pence during a showing of the play, it just seems that the controversy is just going to keep going.
Pence took the message in stride, stating that he was not offended by what was directed towards him and the President-elect, though Donald Trump did not take too kindly to the message.
But rather than the issue dissolving, it has flared up once again; this time, because a Trump supporter decided to interrupt the show to shout out “We won! You lost! Get over it! F**k you!” After the interruption, the man was obviously escorted out of the play by security.
However, the cast did not take the interruption so well.
As The Washington Examiner reported:
Venue staff told BroadwayWorld that the audience member was intoxicated. Other sources told BroadwayWorld that the audience member began disturbing his fellow theater-goers after becoming irate upon hearing the line, “Immigrants, we get the job done,” which appears in the song “Yorktown” and received a round of applause.
“Immigrants, we get the job done” is a line that has been a part of the “Yorktown” song since the “Hamilton” soundtrack debuted over a year ago. It is not specifically aimed at Trump or his rhetoric about illegal immigration.
One Facebook user wrote after the show, according to BroadwayWorld, “At the end, the performers were crying … So was I. They didn’t break characters once. They still sang their hearts out.”
Now, should this man have interrupted the show like that? Probably not. If we’re going to help to collectively calm the country down, telling people that Trump won, get over it, and f**k you probably going to be counterproductive.
Granted, the fact that so many people are basically having psychological breakdowns over the election is not something that we should pamper; certainly not. But should we be continuously picking at the issue? I’d say no.
Rather, we should do what Tom Hanks did, and wish the President-elect and his administration the best, and hope that he will do a good job in his tenure. Tell your friends and family who are not fans of Donald Trump that, like it or not, he is the President-elect and will be leading the country for the next four years in the White House. Hoping that he does not wreck the country should be something any rational-minded person would hope for.
Think of it like an airplane. You might hate the pilot, but you sure don’t want him to fail in properly flying the plane and landing it to get to the destination. The same principle applies to Donald Trump.
You may not like the direction he will be going (promising to roll back the years of expanded government power under Obama), but wishing that he completely fails in leading at all is literally wishing the worst on the country. Those of us on the right largely wished that Obama would be a solid leader, though we wished that he would not succeed in expanding the power of the federal government (much to our chagrin).
But now we have a President-elect Trump, and protesting is not going to change that. But what we on the right can do to bring people to a more level-headed place is to not keep lighting fires of dissension everywhere we go.