Our future Vice President, Mike Pence, went to Hamilton on Friday night. You know, that play that everyone’s creaming their jeans for. If that’s news to you, you should be ashamed of yourself because people are seemingly making a bigger deal out of this than they did over Trump actually winning the election.
Between the overboard news coverage and the tl;dr Facebook rants and comments, you’ve probably heard that two things happened: 1) He was booed by the crowd and 2) The cast read him the following message:
“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.”
I don’t care who you voted for. Like, at all. What I care about is minimalizing the outrage that I see come across whichever screened device I have in my hand on a daily basis. In the amount of time you take hovering over your keyboard trying to stick it to your conservative (or liberal) aunt (or uncle), you could… oh, I don’t know… do pretty much fucking anything else. But nah, everyone’s decided that capitalizing random words and misplacing commas in a never-been-edited Facebook rant is more worth their time rather than walking away and thinking, “Everyone on Facebook is a dumbass of some shape or form.”
Pence further showed the ridiculousness of the outrage by talking to Fox News Sunday about the situation.
“I did hear what was said from the stage. I can tell you I wasn’t offended by what was said. I will leave to others whether that was the appropriate venue to say it,” he said on “Fox News Sunday.”
Now, I’m not defending Pence, the Hamilton cast, Donald Trump and his Twitter fingers, or anyone else involved in this entire debacle. But what we need to realize is that for the next four fucking years, there’s going to be a lot of things done and said in passing that truly don’t need to be blown up for the three days following. With news stations and timelines plastered in headlines regarding how “Hamilton totally showed Pence!” or “How dare they do that to a man simply trying to enjoy the show?”, none of us are going to remember this in four months let alone four years. This is a minor blip on the radar for what’s sure to be a rollercoaster ride where we should probably minimize distractions and focus on what’s actually important.
And I’m no political pundit, but I at least know this: anything that happened within those theater walls on Friday night doesn’t fucking matter when you take away clickbait-y headlines and faux-outraged conversations coming across our television screens. And now that Pence has expressed that he wasn’t offended? Well, it’s time everyone else isn’t either. And yes, that includes you, Donald Trump. .
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