Lin-Manuel Miranda and his creation, Hamilton, can seemingly do no wrong. It may be the biggest and most talked-about theatre piece since Shakespeare.
However, the play has drawn some criticsm now that it is readily available to us all on Disney+.
While being a play steeped in historically accurate details and a culturally diverse cast, there are those who believe Miranda did not mention or show slavery enough in the production.
Writer and Podcast host Tracy Clayton, who hosts Netflix’s Strong Black Legends podcast. “i totally get the frustration about it being a play about slaveholders that is not about slavery. ive felt that in lots of things i watch, but i flex the same muscle i use when i listen to hip hop as a black woman. we enjoy problematic things all the time,” Clayton wrote. She continued, “after reading the critiques i would have appreciated more context about hamilton & slavery. but to lump it in with statues of columbus and robert e lee denies this conversation the nuance it deserves & we’re capable of giving it that.”
Miranda responded to these criticisms by saying “All the criticisms are valid,” Miranda replied. “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.”
What do you think?