The lead actor of “Hamilton,” Brandon Victor Dixon, has found himself in hot water this past week after tweets that appear to show him advocating rape and objectifying women as sexual objects surfaced following his lecturing of Vice President-elect Mike Pence after a Friday showing of the hit Broadway show.
Back in March of 2012, Dixon sent out a tweet celebrating St. Patrick’s Day and how the holiday made it easy for guys to take advantage of intoxicated women.
Then in July 2013, in a response to the case surrounding Trayvon Martin, Dixon tweeted out an agreement of J Lee’s comment that he would deliberately target white, married housewives and mothers to turn them into a “jump off,” in retaliation for any racist comment he would recieve about Martin.
A “jump off,” according to urbandictionary.com refers to a casual sexual partner or a woman of dubious sexual practices.
That same year, Dixon also tweeted a response demeaning and lamenting the “quality” of women NFL players are able to hook up with.
Criticism has abounded over Dixon’s remarks, with people calling him a fraud for being terrified about the possible mistreatment of minorities a Trump-Pence administration might cause when he has publicly objectified women as objects to be used for male satisfaction.
During his lecture, Dixon asked Pence to remember the diverse population that is found in America and to make sure that every decision the new administration makes benefits everyone.
“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, sir,” Dixon said. “But we truly hope this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and to work on behalf of all of us, all of us.”
Trump defended Pence on Twitter a day later and demanded that the cast apologize while also making known his disappointment towards the theatre being turned into a political zone.
“Our wonderful future V.P. Mike Pence was harassed last night at the theater by the cast of Hamilton, cameras blazing. This should not happen!” Trump tweeted. “The Theater must always be a safe and special place. The cast of Hamilton was very rude last night to a very good man, Mike Pence. Apologize!”
Dixon refused to apologize and told The View that as arists, he and the cast have a responsibility to comment on America’s politics and that they seized the opportunity they found to speak directly to Pence. Dixon also said that he was grateful for Pence’s positive response.
“I’m very grateful for Vice President-elect Mike Pence for staying there and listening to what we had to say” Dixon said on The View. “I’m also grateful for his words yesturday, his response to it. It’s encouraging.”
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