Oh, the irony.
Lin-Manuel Miranda, playwright of Hamilton fame, is out shilling for Planned Parenthood in the name of a man who very well may never have been born if its abortion clinics had existed in his day.
In case you have no idea what I am talking about, Miranda, who wrote and starred in the hottest musical in modern times, has the following fundraising drive making the rounds on social media:
Never mind that, as The Federalist’s Ben Domenech so plainly put it, “Alexander Hamilton was a bastard.” He was also, in today’s terms, the child of a single mom.
Today, unmarried women make up the lion’s share of Planned Parenthood’s clientele, most notably in their abortion division. Eighty-three percent of abortions are performed on unmarried women. As the National Abortion Federation will tell you, “married women are significantly less likely than unmarried women to resolve unintended pregnancies through abortion.” Rachel Fawcett Lavine, Hamilton’s mother, would have been a prime candidate for an abortion in her day; she was cast out by her previous husband for getting pregnant with another man’s child, only to see that man abandon her as well—all during a time when women couldn’t exactly just fill out a job application and earn a living. You can guess how the modern-day version of this story would play out. Ms. Lavine calls a girlfriend, sobbing; they book an appointment with the local Planned Parenthood, and her friend picks her up so they can go to the clinic to “resolve” the problem.
And yet Miranda is using his platform, built on the fame of a person who was the result of a crisis pregnancy, to fundraise for a company that snuffs out little Hamiltons every day. In a twist that deepens the irony, he credits the woman who gave him life with inspiring him to raise money for a company that ends lives for profit. I’m pretty sure Alexander Hamilton would agree that his mom was “the jam,” as would every human being whose mother gave them the chance at life.
But you don’t even have to be pro-life or acknowledge the irony of it all to find Miranda’s move to be incredibly dumb for someone as gifted as he is.
Abortion is one of the most divisive issues in America, and as plenty of commenters on Miranda’s Facebook fundraising post wondered, what does it have to do with a play about a founding father? Already, the cast of Hamilton ticked off a lot of Americans when, shortly after the election, Mike Pence was loudly booed when he took his family to see the show, and the cast decided to come out afterwards and lean in to it with a tone-deaf and condescending diatribe about tolerance.
If that wasn’t enough, Miranda now risks alienating the half of the American population that considers abortion to be morally repugnant and would rather not feel like they are somehow subsidizing it by going to see his much-acclaimed show. The whole incident reminds me of when famous restaurateur Mario Batali took to Twitter to raise money for Wendy Davis’ icky late-term abortion publicity stunt, only to get major backlash from paying clientele like myself. I haven’t frequented one of his venues since.
Unsurprisingly, Miranda has received lots of pats on the back and kudos from left-wing outlets. The Huffington Post, in an exceptionally trite headline, called Miranda “a fearless ally” of Planned Parenthood, while plenty of other sites piled on the praise.
Actually, being a mouthpiece for Planned Parenthood is a pretty generic Hollywood gig. Maybe Miranda isn’t as unique or creative as we thought.