The kerfuffle over the statement – see below – read to VP-Elect Mike Pence at the end of Friday night’s performance of Hamilton: An American Musical is lost on me. No matter how often I read it or listen to it I can’t for the life of me find anything offensive or harassing.
As has been reported the Trump people are outraged at the gall of the performers to single out Pence while he was out for an evening at the theatre. Well, it seems to me that since you become the VP-Elect your days of going to the theatre like an average citizen are gone. You are not a school commissioner, you are going to be the VP of the United States of America, get used to it. If you want to do ‘normal’ things you should never have accepted the invitation to run, and you should call it quits now.
Thank you so much for joining us tonight. You know, we had a guest in the audience this evening. And Vice President-elect Pence, I see you’re walking out but I hope you will hear us just a few more moments. There’s nothing to boo here ladies and gentlemen. There’s nothing to boo here, we’re all here sharing a story of love.
We have a message for you, sir. We hope that you will hear us out. And I encourage everybody to pull out your phones and tweet and post because this message needs to be spread far and wide, OK?
Vice President-elect Mike Pence, we welcome you and we truly thank you for joining us here at Hamilton: An American Musical, we really do. 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, sir. But we truly hope that this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and to work on behalf of all of us. All of us.
Again, 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.
I have more time for the argument that while the statement was fairly benign, the platform was incorrect. But even that falls short in my opinion. Had the cast chastised Pence for any of his past then I might agree, but the statement was positive. Lighten up, Happy