Has there been a single case in recorded history when someone called for more diversity and actually meant “including white people?”During his controversial on-stage message to Mike Pence, “Hamilton” actor Brandon Dixon stated “We have a message for you sir and we hope you will hear us out…Vice President-elect Pence we welcome you and we truly thank you for joining us at Hamilton an American musical, we really do. 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, sir. But we truly hope that this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and to work on behalf all of us. All of us.”
So it makes you wonder: how committed to diversity is the cast of Hamilton, as they insinuate Pence (and by extension, Donald Trump) doesn’t care about anyone who isn’t white? Not at all, apparently.As Breitbart reported: Contrary to this braying about “diversity,” this is the same stage show that recently issued a casting call that essentially told white actors not to bother applying for work on the show because no whites would be hired.
The details of the Hamilton casting call released in March read, “Seeking NON-WHITE men and women, ages 20s to 30s, for Broadway and upcoming Tours.”
When the show’s producers and staff were confronted about this seeming violation of federal employment laws, show producer Jeffrey Seller insisted that Hamilton encourages “diversity,” but that it was perfectly legitimate to exclude all white people. “I stand by it and believe it to be legal,” Seller said of the controversial casting call.
Apparently, “diversity” does not include white people as far as Lin-Manuel Miranda and Hamilton are concerned.
But maybe re-imagining facts is not too surprising from a production that essentially whitewashed slavery from its “historical” stage play and recast many of the political views of its main subject to fit more comfortably with writer Miranda’s modern, more PC sensibilities.Diversity for me, but not for thee? If you’re going to call someone out publicly, at least practice what you preach. Oh but wait. Those rules don’t apply to liberals.
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]