Wednesday, November 23, 2016
"Hamilton" as cultural appropriation
"Hamilton" is a frenetic Broadway musical play that attempts to rewrite history. There is a discussion of it here. It aroused controversy when one of its actors used it to spout common Leftist complaints to the Vice President elect when he was in the audience for a performance. He was not allowed to peacefully enjoy the show
The story is set in the early days of American independence. Leftists love it, mainly, as far as I can gather, because it has black actors playing white historical figures.
But isn't that cultural appropriation? If it is angrily abused cultural appropriation when whites act like various minorities, why is it not cultural appropriation when blacks play whites? That nobody in fact objects is just the usual Leftist hypocrisy as far as I can see. Leftists have no lasting principles, just poses that suit the moment.
I particularly dislike "modern" versions of traditional plays and operas. I like the actors to appear in the costumes of the period and before backdrops that represent scenes of the period. So I wouldn't go to see "Hamilton" if you paid me.
And I guess that there might be a lot of that reaction among conservatives generally. I think it comes down to conservatives being at ease with reality while Leftists either want to deny, denounce or distort it. So that may be part of the reason why Trump and some other conservatives were irritable about the show.
Another reason is that American conservatives and, to a degree, Americans generally, tend to be respectful of their founding fathers. So to represent them by black men prancing around in hip-hop singing and dancing routines appears disrespectful and jarring -- and was probably meant to be disrespectful and jarring. So Trump and many others would have been primed to dislike anything to do with the show, hence the complaints about it.