Following the Hamilton cast’s public message to Mike Pence at a weekend performance he attended, Twitter erupted into controversy surrounding the appropriateness of the comments. Some advocated boycotting the show. Others expressed support for the actors’ words, which suggested that the incoming administration would not protect minority rights, the Constitution, or the planet. However, by Monday, things took an acerbic tone when the Twitterverse exploded with the hashtag #NameAPenceMusical.
With the intention of lampooning the Trump Administration, people tweeted out the names of popular shows, but with words changed to achieve relevancy in the current state of American politics.
How to Succeed in Government without Really Trying, The Book of Moron, The Tantrum of the Opera, Guys and Walls and Oklahomophobia reflected new takes on the classics. Seven Brides for Seven Bigots, The Kids Are Alt-Right, Singing in the Reich and There's a Tranny, Get Your Gun were also among the titles devised.
This is not the first time Twitter users have wielded hashtags to exaggerate or caricature the President-elect, his administration or his policies. In October, with #TrumpBookReports, social media users imagined how the incoming POTUS would summarize the plotline of a classic novel in 140 characters or less.
Although Pence expressed that he was not offended by the Hamilton cast’s message, it is not clear whether he has weighed in on his trending eponymous hashtag.