Was Vice-President-elect Mike Pence harassed at the Hamilton show last Friday night, when actor Brandon Victor Dixon gave him an “on onstage earful about equality” at the end of the performance?
We, sir, 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,” Dixon said onstage after the curtain call, the CBC is reporting (see above link). “We truly hope this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and work on behalf of all of us. All of us.”
President-elect Donald Trump was none too pleased with it, and has demanded an apology from Dixon — which Dixon says won’t be coming.
Opinions on social media about the affair are mixed. Some people think Dixon was out of line, choosing the wrong time and place to speak up.
Other people think he has nothing to apologize for, that Pence was fair game at that moment in time.
The CBC is reporting that “Dixon said Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda had a hand in crafting the remarks, although Dixon said he “made some adjustments.” ”
Which means that if apologies are in order, Miranda would need to step forward as well.
Pence, incidentally, says he wasn’t offended. He actually showed some class in his comments about it all: “That’s what freedom sounds like,” he reportedly told Fox News Sunday. As for whether anyone should apologize: “I’ll leave it to others whether that was the appropriate venue to say it.”
What do you think? Was it the appropriate venue? Was Pence harassed?
Photo: Governor Mike Pence speaking with supporters at a campaign rally at the Mesa Convention Center in Mesa, Arizona. (Photo: Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons)