I like a lot of…off-color things.
I’ve never missed an episode of Nip/Tuck, Grey’s Anatomy, or Desperate Housewives. I listen to music by Lil’ Wayne and Katy Perry (I do NOT boycott cherry Chapstick), and I think it’s Hugh Hefner’s right to live in a house with trampy little 18 year old girls if he wants to. Also, I really, really liked Rent.
Ah, Rent. It really is good–artistically speaking. (You should see it if you haven’t–even if you’ve been told it’s some awful gay romp through a cocaine factory with strippers frolicking in the background. I promise, everybody does NOT have AIDS.) Good, but controversial; it’s really got the whole “let’s scare conservative America” trifecta in play: impoverished homosexuals living on sweet sweet love, drug addicted strippers living on sweet sweet smack, and impoverished Bohemians protesting corporate expansion. It’s a very grown-up story, definitely not appropriate for a high school kids.
Behold, the point of the diary.
I just don’t know about this. Even if every little “objectionable” comment, word, lyric, nuance and innuendo was removed from the “clean” version of Rent, I still don’t think I could justify allowing a bunch of 16 year old kids to perform it for their families. (Yes, I’m thinking of the children. GASP!)
Well, the principal of Corona del Mar High School didn’t think she could justify it either, and put the skids to the whole production.
Enter the enraged gay community.
Even dis LOLcat feelz ur righteous indignashun!
I took the liberty of following the link to Queerty (mostly so you wouldn’t have to), and found the “anonymously published letter” (COWARD!) that was circulated:
Mrs. Asrani (the principal) is firmly against the portrayal of
homosexual characters in RENT, despite the fact that all displays of
affection have already been edited out of our script. Of course, a gay
couple kissing on stage should not be inherently more offensive than a
straight couple kissing, but that’s beside the point (sort of). The
fact that the administration would not even allow a positive PORTRAYAL
of these gay characters, whose romantic tendencies have already been
neutered in Musical Theater International’s “RENT: School Edition”, is
If you are at all disturbed, offended, or shocked by what our
administration has communicated to us, I urge you not to dismiss what
has just happened. Our administration has sent out a very clear
message that they think homosexuality is wrong and its portrayal
onstage is harmful or objectionable in some way. Instead of focusing
on the life-affirming, empowering message of RENT, they approached the
work with narrow-mindededness and rejected it BEFORE THEY EVEN READ
Being the brave little RedStater I am, I went through
and clicked on every reference to this story. And guess what I found!? Nothing–NOTHING–even remotely coming close to a fair and balanced look at this situation. Not on this website (which couldn’t be expected) or on any other for that matter. All I found was a one-sided blitzkrieg at a school administrator who didn’t feel like sex, drugs, and AIDS were elements of appropriate entertainment for the underage crowd. (Let’s face it…how in the
HELL heck do you “sterilize” a production of Rent?)
This is why we can’t have nice things.
It’s this attitude, this angry, finger-pointing attitude, that makes it hard–nay, impossible–for America to “move forward” or “embrace change” or “love thy neighbor” or whatever else has been slopped at us the past year or so. This is why the shiny new
of the United States can get away with calling me a racist coward. According to Holder,
“If we’re going to ever make progress, we’re going to have to have the guts, we have to have the determination, to be honest with each other. It also means we have to be able to accept criticism where that is justified.”
If you ask me, that little soundbite applies to a lot more than just race. And if he wants honesty, I’ll give him honesty. Honestly, I think all the race-baiters and religion-baiters and sexual orientation-baiters are full of malarkey. I think the whole scandal surrounding this high school drama club is nothing but a smoke screen for agenda-pushing fools who are so out of touch with America that they have to resort to name-calling and screaming about discrimination to get people to turn their heads.
Until we stop allowing these people to hijack the collective sensibilities of the American people, nothing is going to change; it will only get worse. Day after day, I have people telling me I should feel bad about being white, or straight, or from the (bitter, bitter) Midwest. I for one am not going to sit around and let Eric Holder tell me that I need to accept criticism from people who are trying to destroy me. I respectfully refuse.
Honestly, I don’t know how to control this epidemic. I’m not one to march in front of courthouses, or scream and wave signs at people driving past. It’s just not who I am; I don’t feel a burning need to scare or intimidate people into submission. (Though, perhaps I could take lessons on this from President Obama…oh, burn.) I realize that it is going to get harder and harder to fight the good fight in this country, especially if the Government (yes, with a capital G) starts regulating what I can say, to whom, and where.
All I know is that we have to keep going, because sooner or later people are going to wake up and realize they have willingly thrown away hundreds of years of American freedom, history, and idealism. What’s happening today isn’t some sort of nightmare, or political joke–it’s real, and it’s being written into law as we speak. It’s time to stand up.
No other road.
No other way.
No day but today.