Shut Up and Sing…


By now you probably know that an actor in the Broadway show Hamilton hectored the Vice-President Elect from the stage after a performance Friday night.

NY Times:

As the play ended, the actor who played Vice President Aaron Burr, Brandon Victor Dixon, acknowledged that Mr. Pence was in the audience, thanked him for attending and added, “We hope you will hear us out.”

At the end of the show on Friday, he told Mr. Pence, “We truly hope that this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and to work on behalf all of us.” Credit Brad Barket/Invision, via Associated Press

[So, the vice president elect, who was a congressman and a governor of his state has to be ‘inspired’ by a stage play to uphold American values?]

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

Expect more of this, especially as the administration sets to work with an agenda which might get some folks ticked off.  In fact, expect more of this even if the Trump Administration goes full-RINO,  Jimmy Carter lefty.  Expect more of this if Trump names the board of the ACLU and Southern Poverty Law Center to his cabinet.

Laura Ingraham wrote the book “Shut Up and Sing,” which is also the title of a film about the Dixie Chick’s controversy regarding statements about President Bush.

I respectfully disagree with the titles of the book, and this post.

Brandon Victor Dixon and the cast members have at least the same right to speak his mind as does school teacher/blogger/Presidential Historian Dave Alexander.

While condescending, the remarks were fairly gentle compared to  the words of the thugs in the street who can’t get over a Trump election. Of course, the cast easily could have invited Pence backstage and spoken to him, if that was what they wanted. Instead, they chose to signal their virtue.  Message delivered. 

The statement that Mr. Dixon read was written by the show’s creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda; its director, Thomas Kail; and the lead producer, Jeffrey Seller, with input from cast members…

All ticket sales from the show benefit those who wished to treat Mr. Pence this way. By the way, the Dixie Chicks couldn’t buy a hit after they decided to criticize Mr. Bush.  

Now, sing me a song.  Do one of them dances.  

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4 thoughts on “Shut Up and Sing…

  1. onwyrdsdream

    If someone is paying for a service, giving them something different and undesirable unasked is hardly right. They were using time other people paid for for their own desire. In the end it was barely okay on their part as they at least ran the play, though it would appear the audience strove to reduce the value of even that part, reinforcing the notion on the right that the left is nasty, childish, unprofessional, and rude.

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  2. Kyle Kiernan

    Pence ought to invite the cast of Hamilton to a dinner at the White House and at the penultimate moment announce that “this is the point where I hector and lecture you about your viewpoints but to do so would be a bad faith invitation and unmannerly so I bid you good night and continued success in your endeavors.” (mic carefully put back in holder because they are expensive and that crap has become cliché)

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