One year ago, the U.S. Capitol riot was commemorated with a prayer vigil and a moment in silence. The performance by the cast of Hamilton.
Thursday marked a year since a mob of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol building on the day that Joe Biden’s presidential win was set to be certified.
Nancy Pelosi, house speaker, said that Nancy Pelosi spoke on the occasion. “our democracy was on the brink of catastrophe”However, “democracy won that night”.
Pelosi, however, announced an unexpected addition to the memorial, amid the solemnity.
Introduction HamiltonLin-Manuel Miranda, creator and star “one of the great creative talents of our time”She went on to quote Dear TheodosiaA song taken from the play that says: “We’ll make it right for you. If we lay a strong enough foundation, we will pass it on to you, and we will give the world to you.”
Miranda appeared on-screen behind her and pointed to the screen behind him. He spoke about his hopes for a better nation.
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He said: “We should never take our rights and liberties for granted, and we must remain committed to finding a way forward together.”
“That’s what I wrote about in the song Dear Theodosia from Hamilton,”He concluded.
The actors then appeared on screen and performed the song.
Although it granted a moment of lightness to the event, we can’t help but admit it was maybe, just maybe, a wee bit cringe-inducing.
The performance attracted comparisons to the famousImagine cover made by celebrities at the start of the pandemic while others highlighted that perhaps what America needs isn’t the cast of HamiltonCrooning is not the right thing. Access to healthcare would be wonderful, please and merci.
Black Lives Matter spoke out via Twitter: “We don’t need pageantry, we need policy.”
A screenshot of the headline for 2016 from satirical site The OnionThe Democratic National Committee (DNC), attempting to re-connect with the working class via humor, is being poked fun at HamiltonIt also reappeared:
However, the people were able to express their feelings in a clear and unambiguous manner:
Pelosi stated: “Somehow the arts have a way of saying things in a way that connects, that we cannot do any other way.
“That’s why I thought it was really important for us to have the arts lead us in this discussion.”
It was certainly a way to connect people, but not in the way Pelosi wanted.