Patriarchal supremacy relies in part on people’s willingness to reflexively attribute the noblest of motives to the basest of individuals. Provided they’re the right sort of individual.
Pence getting booed at Hamilton bums me out. Whatever you think of him. He’s trying to engage. Could get ideas from far worse places. https://t.co/gn7j25Nuy7
— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) November 19, 2016
Sure Pence is a man who has used his position to oppress gay people and women. Yes, there’s strong evidence that he dabbled in disenfranchisement. Yes, he’s second banana to a fascist tangelo. And no, you haven’t heard him utter a peep against the rest of the white supremacist goons on Team Trump. But Dave Itzkoff saw the man attend an insanely popular musical while surrounded by a Secret Service detail and knew he must be trying to engage [something] and could possibly get some ideas [about something]. Therefore the fact that some members of the audience booed Pence (others cheered), made Itzkoff ;_;.
John Scalzi described being a straight white male as the lowest difficulty setting in life. I agree this is true for a hypothetical average straight white male. Start adding money or fame or power and it becomes the lowest difficulty setting and random people will praise him for playing, and write whiny letters to the game’s maker demanding it provide the poor dear all of the cheat codes. Or better yet, just skip straight to the You Won! message when he fires it up, because he’s trying.
Haberman the Hack was so staggered by the un-civility of it all she couldn’t complete a sentence, which is an added bonus in my opinion. (Since Itzkoff backed off after half the internet laughed at him, I’ll allow there’s a minute chance she realized that saying people had to show respect to such a disrespectful person because he won was grotesque and un-American and decided to shut up.)
And to make everything simultaneously more sinister and idiotic, President-Elect Spray Tan demanded that theaters be safe spaces. For fascist goons.
Genuinely ignoble and corrosive of American traditions of free expression. pic.twitter.com/w9d2IqJLEX
— southpaw (@nycsouthpaw) November 19, 2016
Anyone who has reason to fear fascist goons, tough shit on them and their 1st Am. rights. Should a member of the cast or theater staff, or some guy making deliveries to the building or someone who looks a bit Hamiltonish get mauled because the PEST blamed them for the booing, that will of course not be the fault of the Donald. And give him another chance, because he’s trying.
(As aside, I gather there are LOLs to be had from #BoycottHamilton, which may be viewed from anywhere on the Internet, not just the Twitterverse.)