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‘Hamilton’ & Hate

A display of vulgar self-righteousness and sanctimony from the cast and audience of the Broadway play

This makes me angrier than it should:

Vice-president elect Mike Pence went to see the hip-hop musical “Hamilton” on Broadway Friday night, and the performance was disrupted when the audience wouldn’t stop booing him.

Upon arrival at the Richard Rodgers Theater, he was loudly booed — although some audience members also cheered him on. As journalist Mark Harris pointed out on Twitter, playgoers are typically largely tourists from other areas.

More from the story:

At the end of the show, the cast addressed his presence, with Brandon Victor Dixon saying “Vice President Elect Pence, welcome. Thank you for joining us at Hamilton-An American Musical. 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. We hope this show has inspired you to uphold our American values, and work on behalf of ALL of us.”

Video of this:

Such repulsive sanctimony from the cast and from the audience. The man was elected vice president of the United States, and this is how they treat him.

Don’t think people outside your cultural bubble aren’t noticing all this, taking note, and learning. You think your emotions and your passion entitles you to crap on everybody else, and not even to show them basic respect. You people saw about ten days ago where that gets you, but you won’t stop and can’t stop politicizing everything, filling it with your spite, even a night out at the theater.

You are taking America to the brink.


UPDATE.2: FYI, Brandon Ambrosino is gay.

Brandon’s point is a good one. Let’s say Hillary Clinton had been elected, and Tim Kaine showed up at a church service, at which he was booed. After delivering a pro-life sermon, the priest took it upon himself to lecture from the pulpit the vice president-elect as he was trying to leave quietly, and sought to shame him into being sensitive to the views and interests of pro-lifers. Would that have stood a chance of changing Tim Kaine’s mind? Or would he have left resolved never to darken the door of churches like that in the future?