President-elect Donald Trump wasn’t the only prominent figure on Twitter to comment on the Hamilton cast’s speech to Mike Pence. Stars such as Kerry Washington, producer Shonda Rhimes, and original Hamilton cast members Lin-Manuel Miranda and Christopher Jackson, as well as many current Hamilton stars, posted tweets of support to actor Brandon Victor Dixon and the hit musical, after Dixon read a statement directed at the vice president-elect following Friday’s show.
“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,” Dixon said (the speech was written in part by Miranda, the Hamilton creator and former star, per the New York Times). “But we truly hope this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and to work on behalf of all of us, all of us. … We truly thank you for sharing this show – this wonderful American story told by a diverse group of men, women, of different colors, creeds, and orientations.”
Also speaking up: Miranda himself and his father, Luis A. Miranda.
While some on Twitter were critical of the audience for booing, actor Josh Gad posted a lengthy defense of the jeers, calling out Trump and Pence for their inflammatory campaign rhetoric and the increase of hateful speech nationwide following the election.
“I know the booing upsets some of you. But this is what happens when you run on a platform of hate. When you spend a year demonizing races and faiths. When your running mate teases assassinating and jailing his rival. When you openly supported conversion therapy for Gays. You can’t compare this to Obama. You can’t compare this to Bush. You can’t compare this to anyone except for the men responsible for bringing out all this fear and anger… Trump and Pence,” Gad, who starred in Book of Mormon, wrote. (His full comments are below.)
Not everyone agreed with the Hamilton speech, including President-elect Trump, who wrote on Saturday morning that the cast had “harassed” Pence.
Trump’s campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, also weighed in, saying Pence “deserves respect.”
A full breakdown of the Friday night Hamilton show can be found here.