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Freedom of speech…. or just another example of bad taste and sour grapes

November 21, 2016

I heard about what happened at the Broadway show Hamilton shortly after it occurred. As usual the liberal media touted the courage of cast member Brandon Dixon, who delivered the statement to Vice President elect no-whining-2xPence during the curtain call. At the time I dismissed the statement as just another example of those who lost the election continuing on their crybaby ways. But the next day after reading numerous articles about the incident and Mr Pence’s reaction I now feel forced to vent my feelings.

In part Brandon Dixon said, “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,” he said. “We truly hope that this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and to work on behalf of all of us.”

Now most of you who have followed this blog know that I am steadfast in my backing of freedom of speech, even to the point of (not) censoring any comments from those who read my words and totally disagree with me. I also feel that Mr Dixon is entitled to voice his opinion but to do so in that venue with the intent to garner publicity and embarrass the future vice President is wrong. Mr Pence did not come there for a lecture but entertainment and when you add the fact that he was accompanied by his family including his children I would think Mr Dixon would have a bit more class then to lecture him in front of them. I can only believe that Mr Dixon wanted to garner some free publicity otherwise he would have asked to speak with Mr Pence in private.

Based on another comment by the shows producer Jefferey Seller, “Our cast could barely go on stage the day after the election. The election was painful and crushing to all of us here.” I think that just maybe there are too many people with no back bone out there. The election reveled millions of Clinton supporters crying and thinking it is the end of life as they know it, well that may be true but for God’s sake suck it up and lets get on with making this nation great again.


I can think of no better way to end this vent of mine
than to use the words of Mr Pence himself
when he said to his children….

“I nudged my kids and reminded them
that’s what freedom sounds like”

3 Comments leave one →
  1. November 21, 2016 11:28 am

    How can you say “no whining”
    But then commend Pence on him saying “This is what free speech sounds like?”
    At least he got it right. Let the people speak their mind. That’s their right.

    “I also feel that Mr Dixon is entitled to voice his opinion but to do so in that venue with the intent to garner publicity and embarrass the future vice President is wrong.”

    1: it was a statement, written by the show’s producers, with input from the cast.
    Mr. Dixon read it.

    2: It was an appeal. If the president-elect gets embarrassed by an appeal, then we have a weak-ass president-elect with, as you put it, no backbone.
    For Gods sake, quit worrying what some actors said on stage and get to work learning how to govern the nation.
    People are going to disagree with you, and ask you for things.
    If you can’t take that, you don’t deserve to govern.

    3: Pence wasn’t offended. He even said “That’s what freedom sounds like.” to his children.

    4: For those who might not be aware, that there’s a much higher percentage of gay people working in the industry. Although movies like Birdcage, et al, have attempted to make that abundantly clear.

    Why reach out to Pence? Because Pence has said, “Congress should oppose any effort to recognize homosexual’s [sic] as a ‘discreet [sic] and insular minority’ entitled to the protection of anti-discrimination laws similar to those extended to women and ethnic minorities.”

    Pence wrote on his Congress 2000 campaign website, under a section called Strengthening the American Family: “Resources should be directed toward those institutions which provide assistance to those seeking to change their sexual behavior.”

    Conversion therapy is a controversial practice that seeks to change a person’s sexual orientation from gay to straight. It’s banned in five states including California, Oregon, Illinois, Vermont and New Jersey.

    Pence angered gay rights groups (in 2015) when he signed a religious freedom bill that opponents said would allow businesses to discriminate against customers based on their sexual orientation.

    So if you have an opportunity to reach out to the new administration, and you DO have a backbone, you speak up.

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  2. tcriggs permalink
    November 21, 2016 12:22 pm

    Hi Pete. I will agree and disagree with you. lol.

    This ‘whining’, the emotional outbursts are no different to me than the right wing conservatives that were ‘prepping’ for disaster and hoarding food and guns prior to the 2008 elections. It’s human nature to be upset when you feel threatened by the powers-that-be. Which now, happens to be full of people with a well documented agenda against those that don’t live like them.

    As far as your assertion…I agree. Yes, indeed, there was some ‘whining’… but no more or less than previous, close, contentious elections.

    Regarding whether it was the casts’ freedom of speech… I disagree with you. It was Their venue. Their play. There would be no better place to do so. The statement was made tastefully, and respectfully. Other than that… see IEBA up there… pretty well worded.

    Thanks for keeping it real. :-)


  3. December 10, 2016 7:06 am

    I felt it so inappropriate but then a friend of mine who is in the theater disagreed and said that’s what theater is all about….freedom of speech. sighs.


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