Sunday Reads: Give my regards to Broadway…

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If I told y’all I just had to drag myself out of bed to write this post at 4:20pm…would you believe me?

And it isn’t like I was taking some “artistic” license with that statement.

I fucking don’t know what is going to happen if this keeps up. I will likely stay in bed, my own personal “safety zone”, until the Terror of Trump is over.

Yesterday was the first day since the election, that I ventured out into the world. My world being the town of Banjoville, heartland of Trump Central. It was so cold, not just the wind…but the attitude of the folks around me. “Make America Great Again” hats were worn with a “Caucasian Pride” that would be better suited at a cross burning. And the men who wore these hats had their swinging dicks out, partying their patriarchy around in front of their women (mothers-in-law, wives, and daughters). It was disturbing to see.

Not that the woman were disagreeable to this dick wagging…I’m almost certain the wife and mother-in-law voted Trump. As for the young teen daughter, she was on her iPhone the entire time and only made human contact with another teen when she happened to look up a moment to adjust her hair away from the phone.

I afraid that I have lost faith. (Not a religious sort of faith, but in the sense that Women’s Rights and the things that I believe in are my belief…my religion if you will.) Yes, I feel like I am losing my religion. And it is being taken away from me…not slowly like before, where there was a chance that fighting and standing up had some form of action. That action would stop the bleeding. Now there is no hope whatsoever. I see the things I care about. The people I care about. The government. The Constitution. The Rights that we hold self evident. All…being steamrolled.

I’ve tried to get out of bed, but I can’t…

Here are some links.

“Vice President-elect Pence, we welcome you, and we truly thank you for joining us here at ‘Hamilton: An American Musical.’ We really do,” Dixon said to further applause. “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. But we truly hope this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and work on behalf of all of us. All of us. Again, we truly thank you truly for seeing this show, this wonderful American story told by a diverse group of men and women of different colors, creeds and orientations.”

Following this excellent example of free speech…

Pence says he ‘wasn’t offended’ by ‘Hamilton’ as Trump continues to demand an apology – The Washington Post

Vice President-elect Mike Pence said he was not offended by the message that the Broadway cast of “Hamilton” directed at him after Friday night’s performance and that he “really enjoyed the show.”

Speaking to “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace, Pence acknowledged that he was greeted by a mix of boos and cheers when he arrived at the Richard Rodgers Theatre in New York City with his daughter and her cousins.

“I nudged my kids and reminded them that’s what freedom sounds like,” Pence said.

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Pence reportedly was leaving the auditorium before Dixon finished speaking, but told Wallace that he heard the full message.

“I did hear what was said from the stage, and I can tell you, I wasn’t offended by what was said,” Pence said. “I’ll leave to others whether that was the appropriate venue to say it.”

He added that he wanted to address the cast’s message.

“I know this is a very disappointing time for people that did not see their candidate win in this national election. I know this is a very anxious time for some people,” Pence said. “And I just want to reassure people that what President-elect Donald Trump said on election night, he absolutely meant from the bottom of his heart. He is preparing to be the president of all of the people of the United States of America.”

Pence’s comments — in their tone and substance — were sharply different from those of Donald Trump on the incident.

The “Hamilton” cast’s unusual address quickly went viral and Twitter exploded late Friday night with responses that cleaved into two camps: Those who cheered the cast for voicing their concerns so directly and those who found the exchange “rude.”

In the latter was Trump, who said that the cast members had “harassed” Pence with “cameras blazing” and demanded they apologize.

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Well, prior to Pense’s response to this…Twitter came up with a way to deal with it…

People Are Trolling Mike Pence By Making Up Musicals About Him – BuzzFeed News

Mike Pence attended a Broadway performance of Hamilton on Friday, and was booed by the audience. After the show, a cast member spoke to Pence directly and delivered an impassioned plea.

The show’s pro-immigrant and pro-diversity themes may seem an odd choice of entertainment for the conservative politician, so people on Twitter are making up their own Pence-inspired musicals using the hashtag #NameAPenceMusical.

Take a look at some of these…

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Considering what has been going on lately since the election…those Pence musicals are funny, but damn are they sad. Because they are true.

This is an open thread. Post your thoughts and links to horrors below.

 

 

 

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17 Comments on “Sunday Reads: Give my regards to Broadway…”

  1. Minkoff Minx says:

    I don’t know if I can do this much longer.

    • ANonOMouse says:

      I know I’m not a good person to be reassuring you since I spent months telling you Hillary was going to win, but you can’t allow this to take you out of life and out of the fight. If we don’t fight the battles, one by one, then they win. There are no easy answers as to how we get out of the Trump cesspool, but I’m certain we will IF we stay together, stay strong and fight back. I have as much at stake as anyone. Gay, Senior, Woman, Grandchildren, Great Grandchildren! I will not quit as long as I can draw a breath and I want you to feel the same and believe that there are still enough decent people in this country to stop Trump.

      There’s a part of me that believes this country might need a good dose of the Fascist-Idiot Trump to understand what it doesn’t want. MLK said “the arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice”. I know that “long” in real life could mean years, decades, but life has shown me that there’s always a perpetual battle of Good vs. Evil happening in the world and good wins out in the long run, even if we don’t always see it, or live to see it. Your children need you to fight, they need your example. FIGHT!!!

      • William says:

        Good post! Yes, unless people do something, anything they reasonably can, the bad people get more entrenched, and their policies become more normalized. That cannot be allowed to happen. While the civil rights issues are of couse extremely important, they tend to overshadow the economic ones. Because Ryan is not a blowhard, but a spoooky Ayn Rand devotee whose policies would destroy the middle class and wipe out the poor, he gets normalized by the media and even by Democrats. But he is peraps as dangerous as Trump and Pence. And this has to be brought out to the public’s attention. If everyone is understandably too weary and depressed to do anything, it makes things much worse.

        • gregoryp says:

          Ryan is by far the worst of the lot. Trump, Pence and McConnell are sort of wild cards in that they might think twice about doing something really stupid like privatizing Medicare or SS just for the sake of getting re-elected or out of fear of how their base would react. Ryan wouldn’t think twice. If he thinks he can loot the SS trust fund he’d do it in a heartbeat and to hell with the consequences. Honestly, Ryan might be the stupidest person in politics. The fact that he has so much power is just a damning indictment of our country.

    • dakinikat says:

      I know how you feel. I’m trying to live in the moment and think of the girls who have to live beyond that moment to include my daughters. Meanwhile, I swig wine, watch silly escapist movies, and hug my cats and dogs. I always hated Omaha because I felt history would never be made there. Now, history will be made every where and we may be the freaking French resistance. I hang in there to be the one that runs to the beach first so the kids do not have to do that ….

      • joanelle says:

        I guess I was delusional, I’ve been thinking , I was alright as I honestly believed with all the counting and hacking investigations that there is a stopgap out there (I’ve always been the optimistic one in any group) but generally pragmatic and reality based. Last night along about 1:30am I realized this election has had a very significant impact on me, much more than I grasped. All my life I’ve been a ‘great sleeper’ a sound sleeper, soon as my head hit the pillow, I’d be out. Since this mess befell us, I’ve had real trouble falling asleep. I’m walking around half asleep during the day.
        I did have doubts that we were going to win the day when he kept saying “the election is rigged” it sure as hell appeared that way, around 9:30pm Nov. 8.

  2. purplefinn says:

    I enjoyed the humor, JJ. I don’t have encouraging words. I feel that my task is to find ways to contribute to the resistance. I am looking to Harriet Tubman as my spirit guide. Thanks for this post.

  3. janicen says:

    The election results were horrible but take comfort in the resistance. #JewishResistance is trending on twitter.

  4. mdmdstork says:

    And the US fought a war to keep those southern states. Go figure.

    • dakinikat says:

      Well, I’m in New Orleans. We surrendered immediately. We didn’t really want all that but can’t speak for the north of us which has those duck idiots.

    • Enheduanna says:

      Hey that map looked pretty red all over! Without California and the coastal states we’d be even more screwed than we know.

  5. NW Luna says:

    Enjoyed the titles for new plays. Sadly, the “How to Win an Election Without the Majority of Votes” echoes in my head.

    Love the #JewishResistance!

  6. jan says:

    I was out shopping today. We are a blue state but a red district. I could not believe how the men would practically push women, old women aside and smile while doing it. And the families with their teenage kids following like ducklings kind of bothered me. Almost like they didn’t dare leave their kids alone. Why does it take Dad, Mom and three kids to pick up soda and chips for the football game?

  7. NW Luna says:

    Trump voters sure are sensitive lately. They’re upset that the cast of the hit play Hamilton made a statement to Vice-President-elect Mike Pence, and that the audience booed him. They’re displeased that their vote is costing them relationships with family and friends. And for some reason not entirely clear to me, they’re unhappy with Starbucks and decided to demonstrate as much by … buying lots of coffee at Starbucks. …

    Being socially ostracized for supporting Trump is not an infringement of your rights, it’s a reasonable response by those of us who are disgusted, anxious, and afraid. I was recently accused by a writer of “vote shaming” – but there’s nothing wrong with being made to feel ashamed for doing something shameful.

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/nov/19/hamilton-mike-pence-trump-voters-safe-space

    • contrask says:

      They are as thin-skinned as he is. I went to my 1st political rally today; and Anti-Hate Rally in OKC to identify and unify marginalized peoples – the beginnings of a grass-roots organization here to help us survive Trump. There were about 100 bikers there carrying Trump flags and confederate flags. They were just there to be intimidating and revved their engines to drown out speeches. What jerks. I was shocked to have them there. Lots of police presence, though and we had peaceful meeting. Wonderful leaders of BLM, NAACP, local LGBTQ groups, Inter-faith groups, Latinos. Totally loved it.

      • janicen says:

        Awesome! Thank you for sharing that. I can’t wait to get active myself. If we have learned anything from HRC it’s that we can never, never, never quit.

    • Enheduanna says:

      Trump voters will never be happy – they are full of hate, fear and self-loathing. They feel the way they do because they are weak and insecure. They lack empathy and have been fed a steady diet of mean-spirited vitriol for decades now thanks to hate radio and Fox.

      My brother is one of them and I have no problem whatsoever shunning him and his wife. We will all have Thanksgiving with Mom but I have no intention of engaging with him. He’s a huge misogynist so that’s the end for me – no more.