When did bullying become not only acceptable, but also applauded, because that is what happened at Hamilton last night. Whether you like him or not Vice President-Elect, Governor Mike Pence was bullied not only by the audience, but by the cast. Rory O’Malley, who plays King George III, reportedly sang portions of “What Comes Next?” directly at Pence and had to pause the song for a standing ovation after he sang the words, “When your people say they hate you.” All during the show asides were directed to Governor Pence. If that weren’t enough, a curtain speech made by Brandon Victor Dixon was delivered like a heat seeking missile to the Governor. Interesting that it seems that the lesser bullies, need the permission from the head bully to pull of this unfair humiliation.The speech was written in part by Lin Manuel Miranda, the Hamilton creator and former star. Isn’t Miranda in California, so how did Miranda know to write this?
The speech contained the following words:
The Vice President-elect stood in the lobby and heard the full message, as news outlets were called. The media was out in full force, as evident in the fact that the Associated Press and NBC filmed the speech. Since when has Broadway become so disrespectful of what they do not agree with? These newly minted bullies, not only picked an unfair fight, but they insisted the networks film them. Now the question begs who called the swarm of protestors who showed up outside.
First of all do the producers of Hamilton realize what has been done? The biggest trend on twitter right now is #BoycottHamilton, which isn’t good for any Broadway show no matter how many tickets you have sold in advance. The Hamilton casting directors now run the risk, that the fact, they put out a notice explicitly stating “We’re only looking for “non-white” employees can be resurrected. They should also be asking the question will the IRS be looking at our numbers? If you don’t understand that question read Michael Riedle’s book “Razzle Dazzle: The Battle For Broadway.”