More and more are hearing about how Mike Pence—vice-president elect—was booed and then lectured at the Broadway show Hamilton. The “curtain-speech-heard-round-the-world” as it has come to be known has flooded social media.
Mike Pence was a pillar. Watch footage of the how they treated him at the Broadway show and then watch how he responded the next day.
He won with kindness. He won with genuineness. He won in substance. Once again we see a public example where those crying against narrow-mindedness are themselves most narrow minded. This is an interesting read as well. Larry O’Connor observes the shaming and calling people out doesn’t reflect a diverse America. He is very familiar with the theatre industry. He wrote today:
Indeed I can tell you from firsthand experience that in the theatre industry diversity is only skin-deep and genital-high. It’s the superficial and irrelevant differences of race, ethnicity, gender and sexuality that the members of the theatre community obsess over, not the more important and challenging intellectual diversity of opinions that they reject and ignore.
This is why Pence’s response was exemplary. It reminded me of the words Peter the Apostle said about Christ: “[He] also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that we should follow in his steps . . . . Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously” (1 Peter 2:21-23).
His response also reminded me of the hymn “Kindness Begins With Me.”
I want to be kind to everyone, for that is right you see;
So I say to myself, remember this: Kindness begins with me.
I’m sure Pence has had his unkind moments, as I am sure the cast for Hamilton has had their bright and kind moments. When respect and kindness met an apprehensive situation at the theatre last weekend, Pence triumphed.
*By the way, and for the record, I voted for Mike Pence via Donald Trump.