Well, this is just the beginning, isn’t it?
U.S. Vice President Elect Mike Pence wanted to catch a broadway show with some family members. However, he found it difficult to relax when he was booed, repeatedly, during a performance of the popular musical Hamilton in New York over the weekend.
The musical is all about the life of American Founding Father Alexander Hamilton. It’s performed by a diverse, multicultural cast, including lead actor Javier Munoz, who is openly gay and openly HIV positive.
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And Pence – well, he is well known for his incredible strong, anti-LGBTQ views. He’s not just opposed to gay marriage; he also believes in ‘conversion therapy’. Essentially it’s an effort to ‘pray the gay away’ so you can return to the sanctity of a heterosexual way of life.
Needless to say, there can’t have been too many Trump/Pence voters in the crowd, or on the stage for that matter…
As a quick side note – I wonder how many Trump/Pence voters WERE in the crowd? I wonder how many of them enjoy the theatre? I wonder how many anti-refugee, anti-gay, pro-nationalist people in America enjoy the arts, the theatre, the movies, the restaurants and all of the other amazing cultural experiences that diverse, creative people bring to society?
But, I digress. Back to Hamilton.
Pence was booed by audience members, not the cast, but the booing was so loud and consistent that at points during the show, the cast had to stop and repeat their lines. I have to admit I feel a little compassion for the guy – that must have been a very uncomfortable feeling.
But as Brandon Victor Dixon, who plays Aaron Burr, said when he addressed Pence directly from the stage at the end of the show, a lot of Americans are feeling uncomfortable right now.
— Hamilton (@HamiltonMusical) November 19, 2016
“Vice-president-elect Pence, we welcome you and truly thank you for joining us here,” Brandon said.
“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.
“But we truly hope this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and to work on behalf of all of us. All of us.”