On Hurting the Feelings of Politicians

| January 4, 2017 | 0 Comments

Stop me if you heard this one: the Vice President-Elect of the United States walks into a theater. He’s booed by half the audience.

The joke doesn’t really have a punch line, since it’s an event that actually happened. The funny part is what came after. Following Mike Pence’s tragic foray into the world of Broadway, Donald Trump took to Twitter – because apparently he still has control of his Twitter account for some god-awful reason – in order to deliver his opinion on the goings-on with the American people.

“Our wonderful future V.P. Mike Pence was harassed last night at the theater by the cast of Hamilton, cameras blazing,” writes Donald. “This should not happen!”

I don’t know about you guys, but that impassioned, 140-character rant sure made me feel bad about being mean to poor old Mike Pence. You know, Mike Pence who caused an HIV crisis in the state of Indiana because of his efforts to defund Planned Parenthood. Mike Pence, who went to a Broadway show to watch an HIV-positive gay man take center stage and entertain him for two hours.

But, yeah. Poor Pence.

I don’t know where the myth got started that the leaders of our country are somehow immune from being heckled and booed, but it’s one of the most horrifying things I’ve heard since this whole mess of an election went down. There are actual, living people out there that think you have to respect the President, Vice President, and even Congress just… because.

One of the reasons the American Revolution was fought (besides taxes—the taxes were admittedly the major factor) was because a bunch of people said “screw you” to blindly respecting authority. Nowhere in the Constitution does it say “you have to be nice to the President, guys.” It’s kind of a thing in this country that we’re not supposed to do that. First Amendment? Freedom of speech and protest? Does that sound familiar to anyone?

No?

The people in power, like every other person on the planet, have to earn respect. If they haven’t done anything worth respecting, then it’s the right of the American people to call and cry out and, yeah, even jeer at them in Broadway theatres. Historically, whenever the general public is complacent, the people up top quietly screw the country. Being loud and being mean and speaking out is how we stop them.

If dear old Donald can’t handle his best buddy being uncomfortable for a couple of hours, he’s going to be in for a hell of a presidency.

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Isabella "Izzy" Amorim's hobbies include writing for Culture Shock, spending inordinate amounts of time in BU dining halls, and purchasing children's tickets at movie theaters with her baby face. Play the system, kids.

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