“I’m not going to waste my shot.”
Even if you don’t like musicals, you probably know that the familiar line from “Hamilton”. Brandon Victor Dixon — the actor who plays Aaron Burr in the hit Broadway musical took a shot at getting Vice President Elect Mike Pence to understand the fears of many Americans as the Trump administration prepares to take office.
Sadly, unlike the real Aaron Burr, the man who plays Aaron Burr took his shot and missed.
“We, sir, 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,” said Dixon, who plays Aaron Burr, the nation’s third vice president. “We truly hope this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and work on behalf of all of us. All of us.”
President Elect Donald Trump, is demanding the cast and producers apologize for “harassing” Pence. He tweets: “The Theater must always be a safe and special place.The cast of Hamilton was very rude last night to a very good man, Mike Pence. Apologize!”
While I don’t think the cast of Hamilton should apologize, I think we missed a shot.
We missed a shot at appealing to Pence to see reason. The first phrase we are “anxious you will not protect us” distracts from the message “We truly hope this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and work on behalf of all of us. All of us.”
I think a few words could have turned that into backhanded encouragement to protect the “diverse America”.
Democrats are missing the smoothness of “Hope and Change”. We are missing Michelle Obama’s message “We go high when they go low.”
Democrats are missing the fragility and danger of democracy. We need to SELL each other on where we want this country to go. When the majority becomes uneducated, angry, and unmotivated DEMOCRACY IS DANGEROUS.
No one is going to WANT to help their fellow human if we call them a jerk before asking them to do so.
Did you read Hillary’s “deplorable” speech? It was a missed opportunity. The word “deplorable” distracted from an otherwise BRILLIANT speech addressing the fears and concerns of Trump voters. Same thing happened here. The last sentence of Dixon’s speech is gold.
Instead of saying “we are afraid that you won’t, he should have gone with “We pray that you will:
Also, I would have closed with a joke about not shooting the Secretary of the Treasury.
That would have killed.
Update: At the suggestion of my friend Rob, I do concede that Brandon Victor Dixon was under pressure to write eloquent words while performing in a two hour show. I also think Pence missed an opportunity to say “We hear you” rather than have his boss cry about safe spaces in the theater. I also stand by my point . . . a “don’t shoot anybody” joke would have killed.