Lin-Manuel Miranda responds to criticism that his musical about Alexander Hamilton glorifies slave owners
Lin-Manuel Miranda took to social media on Monday to respond to critics calling for Hamilton to be canceled due to the glorification of slave owners.
The 40-year-old playwright responded to Twitter in a discussion about criticism of the musical that debuted on the Disney + streaming service on Friday.
Tracy Clayton tweeted that Hamilton’s 2015 Broadway play and film version “was given us in two different worlds, and that our willingness to question things in this way is a clear sign of change.”
Online Response: Lin-Manuel Miranda, which was screened in Beverly Hills, California in February, took to social media Monday to respond to critics who called for Hamilton to be canceled due to the glorification of slave owners
The host of the weekly Netflix podcast Strong Black Legends also posted that Hamilton is a “flawed game,” and also noted that it “boosted her flawed and imperfect little life when I needed it most.”
Miranda took up the criticism.
‘I appreciate you so much, @brokeymcpoverty. All criticism is valid. The enormous amount of complexity and shortcomings of these people I could not get. Or struggled with just cutting. I took 6 years and fit into a 2.5 hour musical as much as possible. I tried my best. It’s all a fair game, ”he tweeted.
Hamilton was an American founder and prime minister of finance who also promoted the abolition of the international slave trade in New York.
American statesman: Alexander Hamilton depicted in a portrait around 1790 was a founder of the United States and the prime minister of finance
Fair Play: Miranda tweeted that “All criticism is valid” and said it was “all fair play.”
In the musical and film version, Hamilton is portrayed as a “young, meager and hungry” immigrant and someone passionate about the abolition of slavery.
Production in the light of recent protests by Black Lives Matter is increasingly under scrutiny, with some pointing out that Hamilton was a slave trader.
The founder married a prominent slave family in New York and managed the sale of slaves for his in-laws. He was also responsible for a Caribbean trading company engaged in slave trade.
Hit play: Phillipa Soo is screened as Eliza Hamilton and Miranda as Alexander Hamilton in a still from the filmed version of Hamilton’s Broadway production that debuted on Disney + on Friday.
However, it doesn’t seem that Hamilton himself ever owned direct slaves.
The Hamilton musical, which won 11 Tony Awards for its Broadway run and grossed $ 1 billion worldwide, cast many non-white actors in roles as historical white figures.
Production usually obscured the problem of slavery, making little reference to the profits that some Founding Fathers made from it.
Political benefactor: George Washington, played by Chris Jackson, will be screened with Miranda
The true story behind the Hamilton show saw the hashtag ‘CancelHamilton’ grow on Twitter.
How is Hamilton not canceled? Alexander Hamilton owned and traded slaves. I think we should cancel Hamilton, ”wrote a Twitter user.
Hamilton was a slave trader. Abort the images NOW and #CancelHamilton, ”added another.
There were other such calls, although some were a nod to the emergence of ‘cancellation culture’ on social media.
Slave Owner: Daveed Diggs is pictured with Thomas Jefferson, who owned over 600 slaves, in a Hamilton still on Disney +