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Other Than That, Mr. Pence, How Did You Like the Play?

Mike Pence booed at Hamilton

Original cast. Raise a glass. 

I don't really have time for this but what the hell. It's the intersection of my favorite thing about 2016 with my least-favorite thing about 2016. Maybe my least-favorite thing in my lifetime.

Vice-President-elect Mike Pence went to see “Hamilton” last night and got booed by the crowd beforehand. 

Really, it's like the beginning of a joke. A homophobe in favor of gay conversion therapy went to Broadway and... What did he expect? Open arms? A hug? No, worse: A homophobe who is VEEP to a man who came to power by promoting racism, went to see a hugely popular Broadway show famous for its diversity, and ... 

Anyway, during the curtain call, the players welcomed him and addressed him, and Brandon Victor Dixon, the new Aaron Burr, said the following even as Pence was walking out: “We, sir — we are the diverse America who are alarmed and anxious that your new administration will not protect us. We truly hope this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and to work on behalf of all of us.”

Response to that plea? Early this morning, President-Elect Donald Trump issued two tweets. Here's the first:

Here's the second:

So Dixon and the cast got their answer. All of us got our answer. As if we didn't already know it. 

The punchline is that I awoke to #BoycottHamilton trending on Twitter, which is so absurd I can't even come up with a metaphor for it: Asking to boycott a thing so popular you can't even buy tickets for the next year? Right. Send your tix care of me. 

On the awful morning of Nov. 9, I actually thought of “Hamilton” lyrics as a response to the election of Donald Trump. I thought this:

[WASHINGTON]
Alex, listen. There's only one way for us to win this
Provoke outrage, outright

[HAMILTON]
That's right

[WASHINGTON]
Don't engage, strike by night
Remain relentless 'til their troops take flight

[HAMILTON]
Make it impossible to justify the cost of the fight

[WASHINGTON]
Outrun

[HAMILTON]
Outrun

[WASHINGTON]
Outlast

[HAMILTON]
Outlast

[WASHINGTON]
Hit 'em quick, get out fast

[HAMILTON]
Chick-a-plao!

[WASHINGTON]
Stay alive 'til this horror show is past
We're gonna fly a lot of flags half-mast

[HAMILTON/LAURENS/LAFAYETTE]
Raise a glass!

Apparently provoking outrage won't be hard.

Elsewhere yesterday, our president-elect settled a lawsuit for fraud for $25 million. That's right. Our president-elect. Settled a lawsuit. For fraud. Not enough outrage on that one. Not enough press. The horror show is just beginning.

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Posted at 09:39 AM on Sat. Nov 19, 2016 in category Politics  

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