Feminist Twitter Is Really Running With #NameAPenceMusical
If you haven't heard, Vice-President Elect Mike Pence got booed when he walked in to take his seat at a performance of Hamilton last night. The cast, however, had gotten word he'd be attending and prepared a message for Pence, which they shared, speaking directly to him, at curtain call:
"We, sir — we are the diverse America who are alarmed and anxious that your new administration will not protect us," said actor Brandon Victor Dixon, who plays Aaron Burr, after asking Pence to stay and listen. "We truly hope this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and to work on behalf of all of us. This is one American story told by a diverse group of men and women of different colors, creeds, and orientations." (You can watch the whole thing here. It's eloquent, poignant, and heartfelt. President-elect Trump called it an attack and demanded an apology.)
Because the Internet is the Internet, as of Saturday afternoon, the hashtag #NameAPenceMusical has taken off and is thriving in the Twittersphere. The creatively reworked titles of famous theater hits reference Pence's positions on things like women's reproductive rights, gun access, LGBTQ rights, healthcare, and the currents of racism that ran through his and Trump's campaign.
Don't Dream, Girls#NameAPenceMusical— andy moskowitz (@andymosk) November 19, 2016
Allegiance (To The Patriarchy) #nameapencemusical— Kristyn Chalker (@Chalkerboard) November 19, 2016
Annie Get Your IUD (before Jan 20) #NameAPenceMusical— Ladama (@ladama) November 19, 2016
Thoroughly Modern Misogynist #nameapencemusical— Sorcha (@NastySorcha) November 19, 2016
Anything Goes - except homosexuality, science, a woman's right to choose, marriage equality & the Constitution #NameaPenceMusical— AndieG (@AndieG1988) November 19, 2016
Oh, Twitter. You always manage to put a smile on our faces.
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