Last night, we as an inter-nation sat down ready to crucify Grease Live on Fox. Because we are internet. It’s what we do. But, instead, something magical happened. Ready and armed with snark and mean, we instead stuck a flower in the gun-hole-thing (I don’t know guns) of callous online cruelty and did the unthinkable: we enjoyed ourselves. We celebrated. Twas revelry! And while the production itself was immensely delightful and well done, we mock good things all the time. Because we are internet. It’s what we do. No, to amass an army of cynical bloggers and tweeters to the side of joy and magic, we needed a leader. The most valiant leader of all. And that leader is Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Got the test back. I'm pregnant w twins. https://t.co/oEUz2MY9hg— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) February 1, 2016
fully dilated, got accepted to the fancy birthing center, it has a big tub— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) February 1, 2016
I am not ready for this car race or this carnival.— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) February 1, 2016
I'm so proud of Tommy Kail and this company I'm gonna throw up.
MY PARENTS DON'T EVEN TRUST ME TO PULL THE CAR OUT OF THEIR DRIVEWAY AND TVEIT HAS THE CASTS' LIVES IN HIS HANDS ON NATIONAL TV— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) February 1, 2016
Of course, this is but a single example of Miranda’s power. Because while we the internet agree on precious little, we unilaterally accept one shared belief to be true: Lin-Manuel Miranda is perfection.
First and foremost, there’s the fact that he created a modern masterpiece musical with Hamilton, the show people can regularly be found selling kidneys and firstborns to obtain tickets for.
Which has in turn given us the greatest thing to ever happen to Twitter: the #Ham4___ revolution.
And has also made him a bonafide genius, as in a recipient of the MacArthur Fellows Program, better known as the goddamn GENIUS GRANT. Something they give to geniuses. Like Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Of course, Hamilton ain’t his first Broadway rodeo (Broadeo?). Love where love is due to the Tony-winning In the Heights. He wrote its first draft when he was a sophomore in college.
There was that time he took his flawlessness to College Humor because he IS ONE OF US and does things for we normals and regular humans. HE IS JUST LIKE US EXCEPT GENIUSER AND BETTERER.
There was that time he sang clues on Jeopardy.
There was that time he, a super fan of podcast excellence My Brother, My Brother and Me, created a song for the brothers about ghost horses, including the line “a filly in the streets and a freak in the sheets. Horse ass.”
And after appearing on the show, he became friends with the McElroys and now can regularly be found trolling Griffin McElroy on the show’s Facebook group with memes and celebrity videos. Like Tyra Banks. And Carly Rae Jepsen. And The Rock.
And, created by a MBMBaM fan (THE Ira Wray for fellow superfans), this is his Facebook photo:
There was that time he was the absolute high point in the final season of How I Met Your Mother, working and rhyming to dull the sting of the finale episode (but nothing, NOTHING, not even his Lin-ness could ever stop my pain.)
There is the fact he wrote the new cantina song for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, making the world AND BEYOND a better place for all of us.
There was that time he was on Sesame Street TEACHING THE CHILDREN.
And was nominated an Emmy for it. He actually won an Emmy for writing the opening number of the 67th Tony Awards.
Meaning he has, in addition to all the other awards in the world (and a Pulitzer nomination), an Emmy, a Grammy (and another on the way, be real) and a shit-ton of Tonys, and if Moana, a new Disney film starring Dwayne Johnson for which Miranda is creating the music, takes an Oscar, HE’LL BE A GODDAMN EGOT.
And then best of all was that time he surprised his wife at their wedding with THIS. Watch it. Make your day better. Make your life better.