Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Utter Stupidity

Those who favor banning books like Huck Finn must be gleeful at this news:

Some bureaucrats at the Wilmette Park District are so aghast at the language in a planned production of the musical Ragtime that they've cancelled the show.

I'm not sure what upsets me more: that, or the fact that the ninnies actually tried to get permission to change the script.

Now, the only experience I have as an actor was in high school and community theater productions, but even a one-time amateur like me knows you simply Can't. Do. That.

(Interestingly enough, the same is true of the liturgical rubrics. Just as a priest has no right to change the prayers at Mass, so too an actor or director has no right to change the words of a play.)

I wonder how often the company that owns Ragtime's rights receives such transparently stupid requests.

1 comment:

Subvet said...

If we're to have true freedom of speech then we have to be prepared to be offended. Anything less is censorship. Comes with the territory, if you're gonna play with the big boys be prepared to play rough.

This is why I often take the hyperventilating hysterics of the Catholic League with a grain of salt.