- The Washington Times - Saturday, November 19, 2016

Twitter users propelled “#BoycottHamilton” to the top of the social network’s list of trending topics in the United States on Saturday less than 24 hours after the cast of the Broadway musical addressed Vice President-elect Mike Pence at the end of Friday evening’s performance.

Mr. Pence was in attendance during Friday night’s performance at the Richard Rodgers Theater in Manhattan, and cast members most certainly didn’t let his appearance go unnoticed. “Hamilton” star Brandon Victor Dixon — read a statement directed squarely at the vice-president elect while flanked by colleagues during Friday’s curtain call.

“Vice President-elect Pence, we welcome you and we truly thank you for joining us at ‘Hamilton: An American Musical,’” Mr. Dixon — who plays Aaron Burr, the U.S. vice president who killed Alexander Hamilton in a pistol duel — said.

“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, sir. We hope this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and work on behalf of all of us.”

President-elect Donald Trump responded through his official Twitter account on Saturday morning, and a tweet that condemned the cast of Hamilton as “very rude” was shared more than 28,000 times within six hours of being published.

Mr. Trump was hardly the only social media user unimpressed by the actor’s address, however, evidenced largely by #BoycottHamilton surging to the top of Twitter’s trends list on Saturday. The hashtagged-topic was the hottest item on Twitter for several hours in the U.S. starting shortly after Mr. Trump tweets, and continued to top its trends list well into the afternoon as Trump supporters vowed to protest the smash-hit musical.

“Mike Pence being harassed is not surprising. Liberals are intolerant. They attack people with different beliefs than them. #BoycottHamilton,” wrote Twitter user Jeremy Nolt, a self-described Trump campaign volunteer with nearly 17,000 followers.

“#BoycottHamilton is the number one trending thing on Twitter!,” the “Ladies 4 Trump” account tweeted to its 38,000 followers. “This is a big step forward in our fight against entertainment industry!”

“Free speech. Yes. Lecturing a paying audience. No. #boycottHamiltion,” tweeted Katie Hopkins, a columnist for the U.K.’s Daily Mail newspaper with more than a half-million Twitter followers.

As Trump supporters discussed picketing the play, however, others on social media noted that obtaining tickets for the widely successful play was nearly impossible to begin with.

“#BoycottHamilton? Good luck with that. Tickets are already sold-out past President-elect Troll’s impeachment,” tweeted “Westworld” actor Jeffrey Wright.

“You know what? I support #BoycottHamilton,” tweeted comedian Patton Oswalt, whose political humor skews leftward. “I hope it intensifies — especially during the first week of March, maybe that Sunday matinee?”

The address read aloud to Mr. Pence during Friday evening’s performance was co-written by “Hamilton” star Mr. Dixon, lead producer Jeffrey Sheller, director Thomas Kail and its creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda.

“We had to ask ourselves, how do we cope with this?” Mr. Seller told the New York Times afterwards. “Our cast could barely go on stage the day after the election. The election was painful and crushing to all of us here. We all struggled with what was the appropriate and respectful and proper response. We are honored that Mr. Pence attended the show, and we had to use this opportunity to express our feelings.”

LOAD COMMENTS ()

 

Click to Read More

Click to Hide