Leave it to Lin-Manuel Miranda
to inspire us and bring us to tears with his own acceptance speech.
The Puerto Rican producer-actor accepted his Tony award for best original score by reciting a sonnet dedicated to those impacted by the Orlando shooting that occurred late Saturday night. A gunman opened fire at Pulse, a gay nightclub in, murdering 50 people and injuring 53.
The Hamilton creator opened the poem by talking about his wife, Vanessa Nadal, and how thankful he is for her. He then moved into talking about how nothing in life is promised, due to the amount of fear and hate that exists in the country.
“This show is proof that history remembers we live in times where hate and fear seem stronger,” he recites. “We rise and fight through dying embers, remembrances that love and hope last longer, and love is love is love is love...cannot be killed or swept aside...now fill the world with music, love and pride.”
Get your tissues handy, because Miranda’s heartfelt speech is definitely a must-see.