Trump Attacks Actors, Previewing His Approach to Arts and Dissent:
No Criticism Will Be Allowed
November 21, 2016 | Revolution Newspaper | revcom.us
Trump has gone out of his way to attack the actors in the Broadway musical Hamilton. Why?
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On Friday night, November 18, Vice President-elect Mike Pence went to see Hamilton. He was righteously booed by audience members. After the show, the cast took the opportunity to make a public statement from the stage that they were “alarmed and anxious that your new administration will not protect us.” And they went on to raise hopes that their show would inspire Pence to act “on behalf of all” Americans.
Even this was too much dissent for Trump, who made several public comments demanding that the actors apologize. Trump tweeted that “The Theater must always be a safe and special place.” In other words, safe from public critique of Trump and Pence's fascist policies. In another tweet, he made a point to say that Pence was “harassed last night at the theater by the cast of Hamilton, cameras blazing.” And then he added ominously, “This should not happen!”
This is not Trump being “too sensitive” or having a “bruised ego,” as too many people have stated. These comments are coming from the person who has been elected to be the commander in chief of the top imperialist empire. These are the dangerous threats of a fascist who is telling you that he will not allow public criticism in the arts. And that to raise even the slightest and tiniest of concerns is “terrible behavior” which will not be allowed.
This must be immediately understood and called out for what it is: dangerous, very serious fascist threats. And they must be resisted.
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