In McAllen, Texas, a local church is facing backlash for illegally performing Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Hamilton.”
Along with not being properly licensed to perform the musical, many people are disappointed (and outraged) by the church’s use of biblical messages to spread an anti-LGBTQ+ message. What happened in McAllen is contrary to the true intentions of the musical.
It’s a shame to see a cultural phenomenon like “Hamilton” molded into a tool to continue the spread of misinformation and discrimination under the guise of Christianity.
People flocked to Twitter to express their disdain.
Having some random church steal Hamilton and change the lyrics to be anti LGBTQ while also sounding like dying hyenas was not on my 2022 bingo card.
— Sakura hate account (@birdiesboon) August 9, 2022
The Texas church’s shocking messaging
After the performance, the church’s Pastor Victor Lopez went on to say,
“You’ve gone through maybe broken marriages. Maybe you struggle with alcohol, with drugs – with homosexuality – maybe you struggle with other things in life, your finances, whatever, God can help you tonight. He wants to forgive you for your sins.”
“Hamilton” is based on the 2004 biography “Alexander Hamilton” by Ron Chernow. The musical is heavily inspired by hip-hop music and features a diverse cast representing historical figures. It is the recipient of 11 Tony Awards, a Grammy, and a Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
‘Hamilton’ Fired Back
The “Hamilton” franchise has even chimed in.
“Hamilton does not grant amateur or professional licenses for any stage productions and did not grant one to The Door Church. On Saturday, August 6, we were made aware of the unauthorized staging of “Hamilton” by The Door Church in McAllen, TX that took place on Friday, August 5, and their plans for additional performances. We issued a cease and desist letter for the unauthorized use of “Hamilton’s” intellectual property, demanding the immediate removal of all videos and images from previous productions from the internet,” a spokesperson for “Hamilton” said.
Although a cease and desist letter was sent on Saturday, August 6, “Hamilton” allowed the church to continue with Saturday’s show as long as no pictures or videos were taken.
What are your thoughts? Should the show have been allowed to go on?