Mike Pence: Hamilton star explains why the cast decided to speak out
'We recognize ... the responsibilities we have as artists, as cultural figures to comment on our politics,' says Brandon Victor Dixon
Hamilton actor Brandon Victor Dixon says he’s thankful that Vice President-elect Mike Pence heard out the cast’s message to him when he attended the Broadway musical on Friday.
“I’m very grateful for Vice President-elect Mike Pence for staying there and listening to what we had to say,” said Dixon on Monday’s episode of The View. “I’m also grateful for his words yesterday, his response to it. It’s encouraging.”
Pence, who attended Friday’s performance of the hit Broadway musical, was greeted by a mix of cheers and boos from the audience. Following the show, Dixon read a statement to Pence on behalf of the show’s cast and crew. “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,” he said in part. “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.”
Dixon told the hosts of The View that when the cast first heard that Pence — who has advocated for anti-gay policies and supported President-elect Donald Trump’s anti-immigration stance — would be in the audience, they felt that they had an opportunity to speak out.
“Our show is unique in that it is an intrinsically American story told by the people who made up the fabric of America. We literally define what makes us such an extraordinary country. That is why our show has become such a global phenomenon,” Dixon said. “We recognize the responsibility of that, the responsibilities we have as artists, as cultural figures to comment on our politics.”
He then added, “When you have an opportunity to speak with [an] elected representative, you must seize that opportunity.”
Dixon also addressed some of Trump’s tweeted criticisms of the cast, whom he called “rude” and accused of harassing Pence.
“He’s right,” said Dixon. “I should have memorized that thing. I was looking down too often.”
See the full interview above.