Last week, the United States’ Vice President Elect Mike Pence scored a ticket to Hamilton, the hottest show on Broadway, and received a personalized message from actor Brandon Dixon. The Hamilton star addressed Pence in a speech that has now gone viral, asking the politician to ‘uphold our American values and work on behalf of all of us.’
— Hamilton (@HamiltonMusical) November 19, 2016
President Elect Donald Trump immediately began calling for an apology from Dixon and the cast of Hamilton, saying that Pence was ‘harassed’ and that the theatre must remain a ‘safe space.’
— Brandon Victor Dixon (@BrandonVDixon) November 19, 2016
Since then, Hamilton, the 11-time Tony winning musical written by Lin-Manuel Miranda has now become the focus of hate for many Trump supporters who are outraged over Dixon’s speech and what they see as aggressive treatment of Pence. Sorry, not Hamilton the musical. A theatre in Hamilton, Ontario.
Hamilton Theatre Inc., located in the city of Hamilton, began receiving hateful messages on their Twitter account, @HamiltonTheatre, which is being confused with @HamiltonMusical.
Riane Leonard runs the Hamilton Theatre Inc. twitter account and was confused at first when messages began flooding the theatre’s timeline on Friday night, with Leonard left wondering why people were so upset about their current production of “Toxic Avengers.” By the way, we hear it’s great.
Judging by some of the tweets, it appears that in addition to not double checking the Twitter handles, many critics also didn’t take notice of how difficult it is to get tickets to the highly sought-after musical in New York.
— Santo (@Mysonmylife4) November 19, 2016
Excuse us, we’re busy trying to keep our own Canadian history alive.
— 1VoiceMatters™ (@1VoiceMatters) November 19, 2016
Thankfully, there have been some positive outcomes from the mix-up.
I’m buying @HamiltonTheatre‘s social media team a beer next time I’m in that part of town.
— oh no its jen (@jenofvengerberg) November 22, 2016
— Clarence Seunarine (@CAPSeunarine) November 21, 2016
Today I learned THE TOXIC AVENGER stage show is a thing. Thanks, @HamiltonTheatre
— Anthony A. (@Bearded_Skeptic) November 21, 2016
Leonard soon realized the mistake and corrected a few Trump and Pence supporters, but didn’t want to get into a ‘never-ending fight,’ saying “If they only had looked at our profile, it says Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, several times. That just goes to show something about hate-mongering on the Internet and the lack of effort people put forward.” Bravo, Leonard.