The cast of Hamilton seems to have succeeded in drawing the world’s attention to their message to Vice President-elect Mike Pence about their ‘fears’ of the new administration. They apparently wanted attention, and they indeed got it.
But while they were clearly trying to embarrass the vice president-elect, an embarrassing truth about the cast themselves has just emerged. Turns out, several of them haven’t bothered to register their concerns at the voting booth for years; records show they have abstained from voting.
Via the Daily Mail:
There are no records available for this year, so it’s unclear if the cast members voted in 2016, but years prior show many were absent on Election Day.
The Broadway smash hit players caused a controversy after Brandon Dixon, who plays Aaron Burr, read the message to Pence, who arrived on Friday to taken in the show with his family.
Audience members booed Pence as he entered the theater and after the cast’s curtain call, the statement was read.
Dixon’s message was written by show creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, director, Thomas Kail and lead producer, Jeffrey Seller, according to the New York Times.
‘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,’ Dixon said, reading the message aloud.
But cast members were able to give input. RadarOnline investigated whether or not the actors had voted and revealed many leads hadn’t in years.
Dixon’s records show he didn’t vote during president Obama’s reelection bid in 2012.
Javier Munoz, playing the titular role of Hamilton, registered to vote in 2006 and voted in the mid-term elections, but hasn’t been on record as voting since.
Seth Stewart, who plays Thomas Jefferson, voted in 2008 when Obama ran for the first time. He did not vote in 2012.
Okieriete “Oak” Onaodowan, who players James Madison and Hercules Mulligan, registered to vote in 2005 but hasn’t been on record voting since.
Since the clash with the Hamilton cast, Pence told Fox News he wasn’t offended by the message and said the booing ‘is what freedom sounds like’.
However, the president-elect Donald Trump went on a Twitter rampage writing four tweets about the incident, although one he has since deleted.
‘The cast and producers of Hamilton, which I hear is highly overrated, should immediately apologize to Mike Pnece for their their terrible behavior,’ Trump tweeted on Sunday.
Can’t help but be reminded of another high-profile social justice warrior who’s used his position to register his discontent with our nation — and in the process, dampen many Americans’ enjoyment of entertainment and an erstwhile escape from politics and division. NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick — who famously refused to stand and then took a knee during our National Anthem — it was revealed, never even bothered to register to vote, much less vote.
To be fair, we don’t know yet if the cast members of “Hamilton” got out and voted in 2016. Though we can assume, if they did, they didn’t vote for Trump and odds are, instead opted for Crooked Hillary — which in and of itself removes them from any moral high ground they would presume to try and occupy.
What, do these folks think voting is too mundane for them to partake in, when they have a prominent stage from which to speak? Are they indicating, through their actions (and inaction at the voting booth), that they believe the vocal minority should guide the future of this country, rather than the process designed by our founders to give voice to all Americans? It would seem that’s the intent of some of those who are protesting Trump and Pence’s election, trying to change the rules after the fact, and disrespecting the office even before they’re in it.
Here’s my message to the cast of Hamilton, and the protesters who are throwing tantrums now but haven’t bothered to be a part of our electoral process. A corollary to if you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem: if you didn’t bother to participate in the process, then we can’t be bothered with your whining now.
[This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]