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Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hit musical ‘Hamilton’ has been the recent target of today’s infamous ‘cancel culture’ since its release on Disney+. Are fans saying no to this?


On July 3rd, ‘Hamilton’ was released on Disney+, almost 5 years after opening on Broadway in August 2015.

‘Hamilton’ turned the world upside down with the story of Alexander Hamilton, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. It has won 11 Tony awards, with a record-breaking 16 nominations, as well as a Grammy for Best Musical Theatre Album. It has received overwhelmingly positive criticism, and actually broke the internet, generating over 1 million tweets in 2015.

The sung-and-rapped-through musical has also become prominent in the musical theatre world for its diverse cast, with all of the principal roles (aside from King George III) deliberately written and cast as non-white actors in productions across the US and the West End. “It’s the story about America then, told by America now,” says director, Thomas Kail.

However, since its release on Disney+ and in light of the recent surge in the Black Lives Matter movement, the musical has faced criticism for glorifying historical figures while erasing their backgrounds as slave traders. The hashtag #CancelHamilton soon gained traction on Twitter.

The titular character, Alexander Hamilton, has also come under direct fire. Speaking to the Harvard Gazette, Anette Gordon-Reed, Professor of History and Law, said “He was not an abolitionist. He bought and sold slaves for his in-laws, and opposing slavery was never at the forefront of his agenda.”

Creator of ‘Hamilton’, Lin-Manuel Miranda, replied to Twitter user @brokeymcpoverty, saying that “All the criticisms are valid” and that he did his best to capture the complexities of the historical figures. “It’s all fair game”, he says.

Many fans and celebrities alike have jumped to defend Miranda, who is a vocal supporter of the BLM movement, against the wave of ‘cancel culture’, understanding that a musical is a retelling of a story, and is not always entirely factual.

Regardless of the criticism it has come up against, the release of the ‘Hamilton’ has been a phenomenal success, resulting in over 750,000 additional downloads of the Disney+ app. What comes next for ‘Hamilton’? Guess we’ll have to wait for it.

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