Mike Rowe shared his thoughts on the comments that the "Hamilton" cast made to Vice President-elect Mike Pence, writing: "If I were Lin-Manuel Miranda, I’d be the one demanding an apology. From my cast."
Rowe argued that their comments "diminished the impact of an excellent show, and probably accomplished the exact opposite of the playwright’s intent." In his opinion, the play speaks for itself when it comes to the topic of diversity and inclusiveness. He felt that the play was more persuasive on its own, without the added comments.
He acknowledged that first amendment rights do not protect against consequences.
Rowe used several examples of notable people speaking out about rights in bold statements, such as Colin Kaepernick refusing to stand for the national anthem and the GrubHub CEO telling his employees that behaving like Trump would not be tolerated at the company. "Last I checked, GrubHub stock is down over 10%. And the NFL ratings are down 14%," he said.
He also quoted Shakespeare's "Hamlet" -- "The play’s the thing." He said that Miranda should have a "very serious conversation" with the cast about "the eternal wisdom of Hamlet."
pandering to your audience instead of stepping up for these people who need it doesn't help anybody either.— Libby Leonard (@Howhighijump) November 22, 2016
Some are continuing to praise the cast for "stepping up for these people who need it."
Regarding Trump's tweets, Rowe wrote that Trump was "mistaken":
"Our theaters should continue to be a place that challenges us. A place that makes us think. A place that makes us occasionally uncomfortable. That’s what a good play can do. Assuming of course, the actors can stick to the script, and let the play speak for itself."
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