#CancelHamilton Trends After ‘Hamilton‘ Debuts on Disney+. Hamilton is an instantly iconic musical released in 2015 that details the life of Alexander Hamilton in two acts, along with how various historical characters influenced his life such as Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette, Aaron Burr, John Laurens, Hercules Mulligan, Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton, Angelica Schuyler, Peggy Schuyler, Philip Hamilton, and former presidents George Washington, James Madison, and Thomas Jefferson. There is much more to the story, but a key element missing from the musical has first time viewers upset over the “glorification” of the founding father who was known to oversee the trade and sale of slaves for his in-laws.
Recent social justice movements have sparked the question, “Why are we overlooking the fact that Hamilton was a slave trader?” feeling that the show glorifies the founding fathers without sharing the darker aspects of their lives. The hashtag, #CancelHamilton, was trending after the movie version of the musical was released on Disney+, reaching a broader audience, and even caught the attention of the musical’s creator, Lin Manuel-Miranda.
Miranda shared the tweet of a concerned viewer and wrote: “Appreciate you so much, @brokeymcpoverty. All the criticisms are valid. The sheer tonnage of complexities & failings of these people I couldn’t get. Or wrestled with but cut. I took 6 years and fit as much as I could in a 2.5 hour musical. Did my best. It’s all fair game.”
Appreciate you so much, @brokeymcpoverty. All the criticisms are valid. The sheer tonnage of complexities & failings of these people I couldn’t get. Or wrestled with but cut. I took 6 years and fit as much as I could in a 2.5 hour musical. Did my best. It’s all fair game. https://t.co/mjhU8sXS1U
— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) July 6, 2020
Lin’s answer was classy and evident that he feels there was much more to Hamilton than the show could ever represent, but the time restraint needed to create a successful show left many stories untold. Luckily, for someone who is interested in learning more about Alexander Hamilton there is plenty of research and records to give insight into the life and legacy of the founding father.
You can stream Hamilton anytime on Disney+.
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Source: Daily Mail
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