“Lin Manuel Miranda bent over backward to be as inclusive as he could be. He cast non-White actors to play historically White figures. He celebrated Hamilton as being an immigrant,” Devine told “Fox & Friends.”
“But, now it’s just not good enough; which goes to prove that you just cannot appease these cultural revolutionaries.”
Devine continued, “Winston Churchill said appeasement is just feeding the crocodile in the hopes that it will eat you last. You have to stand up.”
DailyMail reports Lin-Manuel Miranda took to social media Monday to respond to critics calling for Hamilton to be canceled for its glorification of slave owners.
The 40-year-old playwright responded on Twitter in a thread debating critiques of the musical that debuted Friday on the Disney+ streaming service.
Tracy Clayton tweeted that Hamilton the play that debuted in Broadway in 2015 and the movie version ‘were given to us in two different worlds & our willingness to interrogate things in this way feels like a clear sign of change’.
The host of the weekly Netflix podcast Strong Black Legends also posted that Hamilton is a ‘flawed play’ while additionally noting that it gave her ‘flawed and imperfect little life a big boost when i needed it most’.
Miranda took the criticism in stride.
‘Appreciate you so much, @brokeymcpoverty. All the criticisms are valid. The sheer tonnage of complexities & failings of these people I couldn’t get. Or wrestled with but cut. I took 6 years and fit as much as I could in a 2.5 hour musical. Did my best. It’s all fair game,’ he tweeted..
Hamilton was a US Founding Father and first Secretary of the Treasury who also promoted the abolition of the international slave trade in New York City.
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 need to cancel Hamilton,’ wrote one Twitter user.
‘Hamilton was a slave trader. Tear down the statues NOW and #CancelHamilton,’ added another.