Social media explodes over 'Hamilton'/Trump duel

Not since Ford's Theater has so much furor erupted from a politician attending a play.

With Vice President-elect Mike Pence, an outspoken opponent of same-sex marriage who has supported diverting federal funding from HIV and AIDS groups to conversion therapy, seated in the audience for Friday night's performance of Hamilton, certain lines resonated even more than usual.

Audience member Christy Colburn tweeted that when Alexander Hamiton and the Marquis de Lafayette quipped, "Immigrants, we get the job done during The Battle of Yorktown, the crowd gave them a standing ovation. And later, during the song What Comes Next?, King George III actor Rory O'Malley had to stop the song briefly after the crowd "went nuts" at the line "When your people say they hate you, don't come crawling back to me" and ask them to stop booing.

 

 

By now, you've likely seen the video from the curtain call, when Brandon Dixon, who plays Aaron Burr, addressed Pence on behalf of "diverse Americans who are alarmed and anxious that your new administration will not protect us" and asked the vice president-elect to "uphold our inalienable rights and work on behalf of all of us."

President-elect Donald Trump demanded the cast apologize for harassing Pence, but by all accounts, both Dixon and the vice president-elect were respectful of one another. In fact, Dixon even thanked the Indiana governor for listening to what he had to say.

 

 

 

 

None of it persuaded Trump, who jumped on Twitter again Saturday night after a day of meetings with his transition team and high-profile guests at his golf club in New Jersey. "Very rude and insulting of Hamilton cast member to treat our great future V.P. Mike Pence to a theater lecture. Couldn't even memorize lines!" Trump wrote. But within minutes, he deleted it.

 

 

Trump was back at it again Sunday morning: "The cast and producers of Hamilton, which I hear is highly overrated, should immediately apologize to Mike Pence for their terrible behavior."

 

 

 

The show's creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda, weighed in during a break from doing Moana interviews in the U.K., complimenting the cast for how they handled the situation and agreeing with Trump that everyone should be welcome at the theater.

 

 

And original cast member Christopher Jackson, who gives his last performance as George Washington Sunday, summed up his cast's statement as "citizens appealing to their future VPOTUS with respect and clarity."

 

 

But social media has not settled down since, erupting with hashtags like #BoycottHamilton. (Proponents of that movement will have to be very patient: the show is sold until September 2017.)

Here is a sampling of the most viral comments on Twitter.

Desperate times, desperate measures

Frozen star Josh Gad, who originated the role of Elder Cunningham in The Book of Mormon, provided some context in a Twitter statement. "I know the booing upsets some of you," he wrote. "But this is what happens when you run on a platform of hate." While he says he personally wouldn't boo someone at a theater, "this feels different. There are swastikas popping up everywhere, a cabinet of civil-rights offenders and deniers being built, and a leader who has placed a white nationalist by his side. These aren't attempts at unity. These are warning shots to everyone who isn't white, straight and extreme."

If we're talking about apologies ...

 

{"url":"https://twitter.com/ACLU/status/800064922537328640","author_name":"ACLU National","author_url":"https://twitter.com/ACLU","html":"&#lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"&#gt;&#lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&#gt;Americans don't need to apologize-not even to presidents or vice presidents-for the lawful & proper exercise of their constitutional rights. &#lt;a href=\"https://t.co/daN147yjkM\"&#gt;https://t.co/daN147yjkM&#lt;/a&#gt;&#lt;/p&#gt;— ACLU National (@ACLU) &#lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/ACLU/status/800064922537328640\"&#gt;November 19, 2016&#lt;/a&#gt;&#lt;/blockquote&#gt;\n&#lt;script async src=\"//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"&#gt;&#lt;/script&#gt;","width":550,"height":null,"type":"rich","cache_age":"3153600000","provider_name":"Twitter","provider_url":"https://twitter.com","version":"1.0"}

 

 

{"url":"https://twitter.com/ACLU/status/800065896324677636","author_name":"ACLU National","author_url":"https://twitter.com/ACLU","html":"&#lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"&#gt;&#lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&#gt;An apology should instead come from President-elect Trump for calling into question appropriateness of &#lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/HamiltonMusical\"&#gt;@HamiltonMusical&#lt;/a&#gt; cast's statements.&#lt;/p&#gt;— ACLU National (@ACLU) &#lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/ACLU/status/800065896324677636\"&#gt;November 19, 2016&#lt;/a&#gt;&#lt;/blockquote&#gt;\n&#lt;script async src=\"//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"&#gt;&#lt;/script&#gt;","width":550,"height":null,"type":"rich","cache_age":"3153600000","provider_name":"Twitter","provider_url":"https://twitter.com","version":"1.0"}

 

It's called misdirection

Garden State's Zach Braff chalked the whole controversy up as a win for Trump, who successfully distracted the country from Friday's $25 million Trump University settlement.

 

 

Anyway, doesn't the president-elect have better things to do right now?

 

{"url":"https://twitter.com/Olivianuzzi/status/800035670999891968","author_name":"Olivia Nuzzi","author_url":"https://twitter.com/Olivianuzzi","html":"&#lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"&#gt;&#lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&#gt;My story on Trump's fight with Hamilton &#lt;a href=\"https://t.co/xCX7xoPK35\"&#gt;https://t.co/xCX7xoPK35&#lt;/a&#gt; &#lt;a href=\"https://t.co/ahyPWPmNZX\"&#gt;pic.twitter.com/ahyPWPmNZX&#lt;/a&#gt;&#lt;/p&#gt;— Olivia Nuzzi (@Olivianuzzi) &#lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/Olivianuzzi/status/800035670999891968\"&#gt;November 19, 2016&#lt;/a&#gt;&#lt;/blockquote&#gt;\n&#lt;script async src=\"//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"&#gt;&#lt;/script&#gt;","width":550,"height":null,"type":"rich","cache_age":"3153600000","provider_name":"Twitter","provider_url":"https://twitter.com","version":"1.0"}

Psst, that's not how a boycott works

 

{"url":"https://twitter.com/AdamParkhomenko/status/800077463019782144","author_name":"Adam Parkhomenko","author_url":"https://twitter.com/AdamParkhomenko","html":"&#lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"&#gt;&#lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&#gt;Are you going to &#lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/hashtag/BoycottHamilton?src=hash\"&#gt;#BoycottHamilton&#lt;/a&#gt; like you Boycott Starbucks? If so, enjoy the show!&#lt;/p&#gt;— Adam Parkhomenko (@AdamParkhomenko) &#lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/AdamParkhomenko/status/800077463019782144\"&#gt;November 19, 2016&#lt;/a&#gt;&#lt;/blockquote&#gt;\n&#lt;script async src=\"//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"&#gt;&#lt;/script&#gt;","width":550,"height":null,"type":"rich","cache_age":"3153600000","provider_name":"Twitter","provider_url":"https://twitter.com","version":"1.0"}

 

But if you're looking to unload tickets you already have, there are plenty of takers

 

{"url":"https://twitter.com/MikeBz15/status/800046842046074880","author_name":"Mike Burgholzer","author_url":"https://twitter.com/MikeBz15","html":"&#lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"&#gt;&#lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&#gt;So uh if you're gonna &#lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/hashtag/BoycottHamilton?src=hash\"&#gt;#BoycottHamilton&#lt;/a&#gt;, can I have your tickets? I didn't realize speaking with respect was considered harassing in 2016.&#lt;/p&#gt;— Mike Burgholzer (@MikeBz15) &#lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/MikeBz15/status/800046842046074880\"&#gt;November 19, 2016&#lt;/a&#gt;&#lt;/blockquote&#gt;\n&#lt;script async src=\"//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"&#gt;&#lt;/script&#gt;","width":550,"height":null,"type":"rich","cache_age":"3153600000","provider_name":"Twitter","provider_url":"https://twitter.com","version":"1.0"}

 

 

 

Hold up!  What if it was all one just of Joe Biden's pranks?

 

 

Contributing: Andrea Mandell

USA Today


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