Saturday, November 19, 2016

"Hamilton" Cast Schools Mike Pence on American Values. Hey, Pence, You Had It Coming.

Incoming VP Mike Pence thought he'd go seen "Hamilton." He didn't expect to get booed, much less read the riot act by the cast.

Calling out hate can be an act of love, of hope. The Hamilton cast got it right.

Pardon me if I'm not as incensed as Donald Trump that one of his cast of bigots got called out by the cast of "Hamilton." Mike Pence is a bigot, and it won't stop here. There are a lot of us who thought America was embracing love and tolerance (most of us still do). Boy, were we wrong, and naturally we're pissed.

Here are some reports worth perusing:
At Deadspin, Ashley Feinberg has a simple, bracing rejoinder to this hand-wringing: Pence is a viciously anti-gay politician who supports ex-gay conversion “therapy,” opposes LGBTQ rights across the board, and signed sadistic anti-abortion laws. “Mike Pence,” Feinberg concludes, “deserves every single bit of disrespect thrown at him, and to be booed absolutely everywhere he goes.”
One place to come from is they started all this, they asked for it. Remember Donald Trump's announcement that he was running?


A real cheery shout-out to minorities and immigrants. So, yes, call them out for their hate and intolerance, early and often. And don't stop. They started this. Here's Trump about "hitting back":
One of the things you should do in terms of success: If somebody hits you, you've got to hit 'em back five times harder than they ever thought possible. You've got to get even. Get even. And the reason, the reason you do, is so important…The reason you do, you have to do it, because if they do that to you, you have to leave a telltale sign that they just can't take advantage of you. It's not so much for the person, which does make you feel good, to be honest with you, I've done it many times. But other people watch and you know they say, "Well, let's leave Trump alone," or "Let's leave this one," or "Doris, let's leave her alone. They fight too hard."  I say it, and it's so important. You have to, you have to hit back. You have to hit back.
Okay, we will. Early and often.

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