There’s no doubt that Hamilton is a really popular and beloved musical but that is not to say that it doesn’t have its flaws, something many, especially now amid the BLM protests have pointed out. That being said, Lin-Manuel Miranda wants everyone to know that he is taking their complaints about the play very seriously.
As you might know, the Broadway musical just premiered on Disney+ earlier this week which means that a larger group of people was able to stream and discuss what it stands for.
Of course, the actor’s writing received a lot of praise as well but people could not ignore the bad parts of the message Hamilton might send either.
One of the main concerns is that Miranda portrayed Alexander Hamilton and the other Founding Fathers as generally honorable men all the while all but ignored the fact that they all signed the American Constitution which played a big role in the system of slavery in the States.
Roxane Gay, an influential scholar, took to Twitter to explain that ‘I have a lot of thoughts about Hamilton and the way that it idealizes the founders, and how a brilliant musical like this dangerously elides the realities of slavery but Leslie Odom Jr. put his FOOT in that performance. So talented.’
Of course, she wasn’t the only one to share a similar opinion as many voices on social media seemed to think the same judging by their posts.
Another Round podcast host Tracy Clayton argued that ‘Hamilton is a flawed play about flawed people and written by an imperfect person who gave my flawed and imperfect life a big boost when i needed it the most, so again i know i’m biased… but i appreciate the change this illustrates and will be following the convo’s evolution.’
In response to Clayton, Miranda stated: ‘Appreciate you so much, @brokeymcpoverty. All the criticisms are valid. The sheer tonnage of complexities and failings of these people I couldn’t get. Or wrestled with but cut. I took 6 years and fit as much as I could in a 2.5 hour musical. Did my best. It’s all fair game.’