Wednesday, April 25, 2007
So much has already been written about the dust-up (or water-down) at comedian Mike Daisey's Friday performance of his Invincible Summer at the American Repertory Theatre (ART) in Cambridge, Massachusetts that I won't bother to repeat the story -- instead, I'll just offer my two cents.
Just as I must vigorously defend Daisey's right to use his First Amendment rights, regardless of how appropriate or inappropriate I might find the subject matter, I also defend the First Amendment rights of audience members to express themselves by walking out from a show they found objectionable.
But speaking of objectionable, there is absolutely no defense whatsoever for the adult chaperone (to the students of California's Norco High School) who doused a bottle of water over the outline for Daisey's routine. For that, Daisey is deserving of the belated apology he received from Norco principal Jeff Johnson.
This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).
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