Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Blacklisting Works -- Artistic Director Quits

The Sacramento Bee has posted on line today the latest installment on this story of the Artistic Director who was black listed in an internet swarm. It begins:
The California Musical Theatre found itaself caught in a dramatic conflict between free speech and civil rights, a situation that ultimately led to today's resignation of artistic director Scott Eckern.

Eckern quit this morning. He became the target of strong criticism after it was learned he donated $1,000 to the Proposition 8 campaign to ban gay marriage.

In an industry long considered gay-friendly and tied to causes such as AIDS research, Eckern's donation outraged theater workers across the country.

In Sacramento, a number of the musical theater's supporters contacted The Bee to rally behind the embattled Eckern, stating that he was now a victim of intolerance and persecution himself.

Playbill and other media have said he issued an apology and plans to donate $1,000 to a nonprofit committed to achieving equal rights for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.

Can you believe the last words of the article were given to the creep who engineered this, Marc Shaiman, the composer of "Hairspray,":
Shaiman hopes the episode leads to better understanding of gay people.

"I love God. And this is how God made me," he said. "How people can say this is a choice? Unless you are – you don't know."

I don't even know what he means.

1 comment:

Jackie said...

"How people can say this is a choice? Unless you are – you don't know."

I know several alcoholic, drug addicts, gambling addicted and sex addicted who say the same thing.

What a poignant reminder of this saying: I asked God to take away my sin and He said it was not for Him to take away but for me to give up.