Last night, a well-connected white guy went to see the smash hit musical Hamilton on Broadway. Nothing so unusual about that, except this white guy was Mike Pence, the incoming vice president of these United States.
The audience started booing him the moment he walked in.
But that's just New York being New York. The real highlight came at the curtain call, when Pence tried to make a speedy getaway, only to find out that Brandon Victor Dixon (who plays Aaron Burr, another man whose career peaked with the vice presidency!) had a special message just for him. Dixon told Pence that the cast of this particular American story represented the diverse community alarmed by his incoming administration—people of all colors, creeds, and orientations—and exhorted him to uphold their "inalienable rights."
"I saw him enjoying it with whoever he was with, and I hope he remembers us. I truly believe we had an affect," Dixon later told Broadway.com. "It was a message from the producers the creative and the cast. If you have differences, say something! What better place than on this stage telling this story with these people? I hope he thinks of us every time he has to deal with an issue or talk about a bill or present anything."
Pence has yet to say anything about the speech, but it nonetheless went viral, which didn't set well with... well, guess who.
Yet, as many pointed out, boycotting a show that's already sold out for the next (checks watch) billion years is about as brilliant a protest strategy as trying to troll Starbucks by buying their coffee. And others had far harsher words for Trump and Pence than the Hamilton cast.
Meanwhile, some observers were distressed that Trump had successfully distracted from his radical cabinet appointees and $25 million fraud settlement in the Trump University lawsuit.
Trump and Pence take office in 62 days. Enjoy the next two months, everyone!