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August 10, 2005

Revival of 1991 Opera of Outrage Glorifies Terrorists, Murder of Leon Klinghoffer

Joker politics, again.

The funny thing is that these jackasses think they're being daring by glorifying terrorism and "raising questions" about whether or not it's moral to murder innocent civilians.

As regards the circles these douchebags travel in, the truly daring statement would be a firm statement against terrorism. That would draw shocked gasps from the audience and possibly lead to true artisitic martyrdom.

Why is it that daring artistes only want to shake up the assumptions of people outside the theaters, outside their cliquish circle of like-minded "rebels," with their shock theater stunts? Why don't they ever attempt to question the assumptions of themselves, their fellow thespians of outrage, and of their jaded patrons?

They're not questioning the assumptions of anyone actually likely to view this nonsense. They're affirming those assumptions.

You know, I've written a lot of liberal-bashing posts, and never once did I imagine I was challenging the assumptions of my readers. My readers chiefly agree with such bashing; how the fuck is that taking a brave stance?

The only posts I worry about are those where I actually do challenge the general politics of my readership or a specific plank of conservatism.

So... if I understand that, if I a lowly blogger understands that it's not "daring" to simply reinforce the beliefs of one's audience, how come these jackasses are forever braying on about their supposed bravery in "confronting" an audience by reinforcing what it largely already believes?

When the hell has an art patron actually been shocked by some anti-Catholic painting/collage? For the love of Tanner, such fare couldn't be more conventional and less likely to provoke a reaction from a viewer if it were a fucking picture of a puppy and kitten all tangled up together in a ball of yarn with the caption "Can't Wait For Friday!"

Edit: I'm informed this is an American opera, not a British play, as I first headlined the post.

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posted by Ace at 05:12 PM

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