‘We wanted to stand up and spread a message of love, of unity,’ says Brandon Victor Dixon
After a weekend that saw President-elect Donald Trump continually attack the cast of Hamilton over a statement read to Vice President-elect Mike Pence following Friday night’s performance, actor Brandon Victor Dixon has responded to Trump’s demand for an apology.
Dixon, who plays Aaron Burr in the hit Broadway musical, read the statement to Pence from the stage, and appeared on CBS This Morning to address the situation.
“There’s nothing to apologize for,” Dixon told the show’s co-hosts.
On Friday night, Dixon asked Pence that the Trump administration govern for all people. (Pence has supported anti-gay policies as an elected official; Trump’s campaign rhetoric included inflammatory statements about Muslim and Mexican immigrants.)
“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 this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and to work on behalf of all of us,” he said.
On Monday, Dixon explained the decision behind making a statement on behalf of the show’s cast and creative team. “The producers, the creatives and the cast, we recognize that Hamilton is inherently an American story told by the definition of the American community — we are men and women of different colors, creeds, and orientations — and the resonate nature of the show throughout the world, throughout the global community, demands that we make statements when there are important issues facing us as a community,” he said. “So we wanted to stand up and spread a message of love, and of unity.”
Dixon also said he was called by one of the show’s producers about an hour before the curtain went up on Friday and asked if he’d be willing to read the statement. “I was honored to represent our cast and our show in that way,” he continued, “For me, I think the most important thing in respect to all the emotions everyone is feeling after this election is to make sure that people recognize that we are not alone. We are here together.”
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The actor also extended an invitation to Trump to come and see Hamilton. “The power of our show and the way we tell it is undeniable,” he said.
Watch Dixon’s full interview below.