Aaron Burr killed Alexander Hamilton.
Aaron Burr has now slayed Mike Pence.
After a performance of the musical Hamilton in New York, the man playing the role of Aaron Burr addressed a now-famous politician who was in the crowd – VP-Elect Mike Pence.
It was astounding.
The actor, Brandon Victor Dunn, is an African-American man playing a white historical politician. In fact, most of the cast is minority, a stark contrast to the cabinet that Trump and Pence have put together to start the new term in January.
“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. We truly hope that this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and to work on behalf of all of us.”
Here’s a video.
Here’s a man who is playing someone who was at one time a VP for Jefferson addressing a man who will be a VP. And he did it with words – kind, assertive words.
Hell, the real Aaron Burr wouldn’t have been that kind. He would have shot you.
Shakespeare would be so proud that once again the stage is where someone can “catch the conscious of the” man who wants to be king.
There’s even a meme going around on Facebook.
Not to be outdone, Trump had to tweet, demanding an apology.
Theaters are interesting places. When art can help to imitate life and add to our understanding of our word, then they become vital arenas to have discourse.
Theater and arts and writing and anything that involves expression has every right in this country to voice opinions. It’s called the First Amendment.
And what was said by Mr. Dunn was not harassment. It was a reminder that as POTUS and VP, you have a responsibility.
If Mike Pence is going to assume office for this country in this time as a man who does not believe in climate change, believes in conversion therapy, and dismisses evolution, then he should get used to people not being so nice to him when confronting social issues.
And if President Trump is going to demand apologies every time someone has a different opinion than he does, then he needs thicker skin.
Besides, I believe Abraham Lincoln has a greater claim to receive an apology from going to a theater.
I just wish Jeff Sessions was there as well.