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Childrens Theater in Montana Advocates "Beheading" Sarah Palin
Missoulian, Missoula, MT ^ | Jan. 28, 2011

Posted on 01/30/2011 8:37:56 PM PST by fantail 1952

Below is a "Letter to the Editor" of the Missoulian of Missoula, MT regarding a performance presented on Jan. 23, 2011:

Open letter to MCT director Curt Olds:

First I would like to compliment you and the entire staff of "The Mikado" on the beautiful sets, costuming and professional performance we experienced on Sunday, Jan. 23. However, I must call you on something that was inserted into the play which I am almost positive was not in the original book.

The comments made in such a cavalier and oh-so-humorous way were uncalled for. Now, I realize you play to a mostly liberal audience in Missoula and so, I am sure, felt comfortable in your calling for the beheading of Sarah Palin. I am painfully aware that most in the audience tittered with laughter and clapped because "no one would miss her" but there were some in your audience who took great offense to this "uncivil tone" about another human being.

We are in the midst of a crisis that took place in Tucson where many started pointing fingers at that horrible right wing with all their hatred and targeting and standing for the second amendment and on and on and on. So, here we are in a lovely play with beautiful voices serenading us and we have to hear that it is okay to call for the killing of Sarah Palin because we don't like her and no one would miss her. Unbelievable.

As a professional you should be ashamed of yourself, the audience should be ashamed of themselves and I am ashamed of myself for not standing up and leaving at that very moment. I would like to see an apology from you not because I want to hinder free-speech but for the hypocrisy this so clearly shows.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Montana
KEYWORDS: children; deaththreats; freepressforpalin; giffords; left2reapwhirlwind; leftsowingthewind; sarahpalin; whatgoesaround; willcomearound
And to think that Montana is a "red state"!
1 posted on 01/30/2011 8:38:02 PM PST by fantail 1952
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To: fantail 1952

There are pockets of liberalism in the most unlikely places.


2 posted on 01/30/2011 8:41:14 PM PST by davisfh (Islam is a mental illness with global social consequences)
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To: fantail 1952
A small nit needs picking.

The production was by Missoula Community Theater, not Childrens Theater.

3 posted on 01/30/2011 8:48:30 PM PST by diogenes ghost
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To: fantail 1952

A disease can spread anywhere. People try to quarantine themselves inside their own homes while the community perishes.


4 posted on 01/30/2011 8:49:58 PM PST by Soothesayer (smallpox is not a person)
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To: fantail 1952

All the “Red States” have these liberal bastions- usually it is the State University sooner than the Land Grant college.

They infect the state, but are typically contained to a county or two.


5 posted on 01/30/2011 8:56:28 PM PST by One Name
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To: Soothesayer
Michael McGill, the Director of the Missoula Community Theater has apologized for the violent rhetoric of beheading Sarah Palin contained in his theater’s production of “The Mikado.” (download copy of letter HERE)

The apology reads:

I am sorry that the satirical reference to Sarah Palin has offended some of our patrons. Gilbert & Sullivan were well-known as satirists, addressing the social and cultural issues of their day—aristocracy, government, etc…. Some of the lyrics performed in The Mikado around the country today reflect the issues and topics of our time. We know that “MCT” means many things to many people—and we are blessed with passionate, loyal audiences, here in Missoula and around the world. In this instance, however, we are talking about an MCT Community Theatre production (not to be confused with a Missoula Children’s Theatre production). Although MCT Community Theatre did not pen the lyrics that were found to be offensive, we have taken the action of removing them from this production. It is my hope that the audiences will appreciate the hard work, artistry and beauty within this MCT Community Theatre production of The Mikado.


This is what passes for a modern day apology? I'm sorry you were offended? Pfft.
6 posted on 01/30/2011 9:03:10 PM PST by tenger (It's a good thing we don't get all the government we pay for. -Will Rogers)
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To: fantail 1952

Over target. Taking flak. Dropping payload in 20:12.


7 posted on 01/30/2011 9:04:12 PM PST by so_real ( "The Congress of the United States recommends and approves the Holy Bible for use in all schools.")
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To: so_real

I dumped mine about 18:14


8 posted on 01/30/2011 9:09:22 PM PST by eyedigress ((Old storm chaser from the west)?)
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To: fantail 1952

this “theatre” tours schools in the northwest....be on the look out folks


9 posted on 01/30/2011 9:13:52 PM PST by cherry
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To: tenger

I wonder why they didn’t use a real life muslim beheading in their satire? Oh yeah, I know why.


10 posted on 01/30/2011 9:14:20 PM PST by taxesareforever (Release Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich and let him and his family get on with their lives.)
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To: diogenes ghost

okay....thx


11 posted on 01/30/2011 9:14:34 PM PST by cherry
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To: fantail 1952
This is appalling. The constant and consistent degradation of our Society by the ‘intellectual elites’ will be the end of us.
12 posted on 01/30/2011 9:15:09 PM PST by originalbuckeye
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To: diogenes ghost
The headline is from the local paper called The Missoulian.

You'd think they'd know what the name of the Theater is.

But then, they ARE part of The Corrupt Professional Left Bass Turds that can't get squat right.

13 posted on 01/30/2011 9:17:14 PM PST by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: diogenes ghost
Looks like it was the Children's theater according to their web site.

The good news in this liberal Montana town is that the Obama bumper stickers are disappearing from the Subaru’s and Toyota's very fast.

14 posted on 01/30/2011 9:23:40 PM PST by Old Griz
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To: tenger

That’s no apology.

It’s not even a lame excuse in the Left’s supposed “new era of civility.”


15 posted on 01/30/2011 9:28:12 PM PST by BradyLS (DO NOT FEED THE BEARS!)
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To: fantail 1952
I believe it is a tradition to "topicalize" this particular production with local and contemporary references. I got that idea from watching part of such a production on Local Cable. The irony to me is that this play is incredibly racist at its core, based as it is on mockery of everything Japanese, starting with the ridiculous names. Of course this is excused in the name of tradition, and gotten away with due to the low number of Japanese partisans in the english-speaking world, who are probably too proud to say anything about it anyway.

Here is the libretto for As some day it may happen, which presents the Lord High Executioner musing on candidates for the application of his art "who never would be missed". It's all very comic, you see. If you scan the lyrics I'm sure you'll notice a few places which beg for alteration.

16 posted on 01/30/2011 9:31:45 PM PST by dr_lew
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To: tenger
This is what passes for a modern day apology? I'm sorry you were offended? Pfft.

Well they can't say they are sorry they SAID it, that would imply they think that sentiment was wrong.

17 posted on 01/30/2011 9:35:41 PM PST by SuziQ
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To: Texas Eagle

Obviously, some Masoulians are looking forward to a good blood spurtin’ beheading on main street. Can the theater actors deny it?


18 posted on 01/30/2011 9:36:58 PM PST by healy61
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To: healy61
Obviously, some Masoulians are looking forward to a good blood spurtin’ beheading on main street. Can the theater actors deny it?

They're artists. Of course they cannot be denied.

19 posted on 01/30/2011 9:39:22 PM PST by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: fantail 1952

So the libs need to kill because they’re inadequate to the task of convincing Americans of the “wisdom” of their beliefs. Pathetic.


20 posted on 01/30/2011 9:43:20 PM PST by TheThinker (Communists: taking over the world one kooky doomsday scenario at a time.)
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To: fantail 1952

And notice that they want to kill Palin “Islamic” style. Pathetic weak-minded, weak-willed maggots, not worthy of the term “American” let along “civilized”.


21 posted on 01/30/2011 9:46:05 PM PST by TheThinker (Communists: taking over the world one kooky doomsday scenario at a time.)
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To: fantail 1952

I am very happy this letter was written and sent!


22 posted on 01/30/2011 9:56:11 PM PST by GOP Poet (Obama is an OLYMPIC failure.)
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To: fantail 1952

If “Community” is part of the name, then the theater is funded in large part by taxpayers. Otherwise, it likely would not exist.


23 posted on 01/30/2011 9:57:14 PM PST by takenoprisoner (Repeal the 16th amendment . Send Islam packing to their homeland.)
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To: Old Griz

Yes typically when people purchase new cars the stickers go with them. They tried saying the same thing with President Bush. Oh he is not popular because the stickers are disappearing.....well nobody is going to sticker up their new cars until closer to another Presidential campaign. It really does make sense.


24 posted on 01/30/2011 10:03:46 PM PST by napscoordinator
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To: fantail 1952

From their own website -

Funding
· Partial funding for this project is provided by Montana’s Cultural Trust.
· This project is supported by the Montana Arts Council, a state agency funded by the state of Montana and the National Endowment for the Arts.
· MCT is partially supported by funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.

OUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK.

Perfect example for why this sham needs to be cut from the budget. Paying leftists to insult us.

Why are any involved with this public spectacle still working there? Anyone else ever try something like this on a paid job? Beheading jokes?


25 posted on 01/30/2011 10:14:49 PM PST by Eldon Tyrell
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To: Old Griz
"Looks like it was the Children's theater according to their web site."

An article about the controversy mentions that several press sources mistakenly assumed that the "MCT" was Children's instead of the correct "Community" theater. It also says that the Mikado performance is an annual program that follows the satire aspects of the original by updating to include present day figures. The Palin references will be dropped from future performances.

26 posted on 01/30/2011 10:41:50 PM PST by diogenes ghost
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To: fantail 1952

Uh, yeah, now that’s a little over the top isn’t it?
I guess the liberals really do want a war with us, don’t they?


27 posted on 01/31/2011 12:35:39 AM PST by Bullish (Obama's obviously drunk at the wheel and should be taken off the road before he gets people killed)
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To: fantail 1952

This is as usual sick on the part of the liberals.


28 posted on 01/31/2011 3:08:27 AM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: fantail 1952

We must not just stand up and leave those kinds of situations, we need to stop the speakers from speaking and declare them finished...they are systematically dehumanizing our lives people...it is just a matter of time when these good liberals will be joking about actual deaths of us.


29 posted on 01/31/2011 4:15:48 AM PST by Wpin ("I Have Sworn Upon the Altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny...")
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To: originalbuckeye

I keep telling freepers who never go to the theatre, that this is a famous Gilbert & Sullivan song - sung by Japan’s Lord High Executioner. In the original production, the British pols of the time were targetted. Today, they ALWAYS target current politicians. It’s a tradition - and someone always gets their head handed to them.

I am probably one of the biggest supporters of the Divine Sarah on FR. But I also know my theatre history.


30 posted on 01/31/2011 4:49:02 AM PST by miss marmelstein
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To: dr_lew

You are referring to Gilbert & Sullivan - the genuises who have entertained millions for over one hundred years. It is a very silly operetta - like all of G&S. The productions are hilarious and luckily not held hostage to the politically correct.


31 posted on 01/31/2011 4:52:50 AM PST by miss marmelstein
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To: fantail 1952
Towing the line that Muzzies can't cross (yet!)!

Elect Sarah Palin for President 2012

Re-Elect President Sarah Palin 2016

32 posted on 01/31/2011 4:54:24 AM PST by WVKayaker (Faith makes the discords of the present become the harmonies of the future - Robert Collyer)
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To: tenger
I am sorry that the satirical reference to Sarah Palin has offended some of our patrons.

That is not an apology for the words. In fact, the most reasonable interpretation of that sentence is that they are apologizing to their liberal audience for the few patrons who forced them to remove the words from the play.

"We are so sorry that some people just couldn't get the joke. Unfortunately, we had to remove it from the play. Again, we apologize for having to take this action, but a minority of our patrons who obviously have no sense of humor or appreciation of parody complained so much that we had no choice".

An apology would have said "We apologize for the words in our play that were offensive to some of our patrons."

33 posted on 01/31/2011 6:09:48 AM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: davisfh

Thomas Jefferson:
“I view great cities as pestilential to the morals,
the health and the liberties of man.
True, they nourish some of the elegant arts;
but the useful ones can thrive elsewhere;
and less perfection in the others, with more health,
virtue and freedom, would be my choice.”


34 posted on 01/31/2011 6:11:48 AM PST by MrB (Tagline suspended for important announcement on my about page. Click my handle.)
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To: fantail 1952
NO COMMENT from......

...... Brian Williams, Katie Couric, Bob Schieffer, Wolf Blitzer (now there's a man with a violence-laced name), or any other big press advocates of "civility in public discourse."

They probably would like it if she was beheaded. These are the same people who were fine with books and movies about assassinating George W Bush.

35 posted on 01/31/2011 6:18:10 AM PST by cookcounty (Knives, Guns, Enemies and Axx-Kicks: The Gentle Political Speech of President Barrimore Soetero.)
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To: miss marmelstein
It’s a tradition - and someone always gets their head handed to them.

Yet you cannot deny: it's telling which politician they wish to hand his head.

If I were directing the musical, you can be quite sure I'd have other choices to rhetorically behead.

36 posted on 01/31/2011 6:21:04 AM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: ArrogantBustard

Sigh...The Executioner’s Song is a list song. In other words, it lists innumerable victims - all of whom get their heads rhetorically cut off. In G&S’s world, beheading is the official death penalty in Japan. It has nothing to do with Islamists.

Now, when I’ve seen it in Great Britain - yes, they always go after conservatives pols - as well as annoying public figures like Stephan Fry or Ricky Gervais. So I’m not surprised Sarah (and a whole long list of folks) was mentioned. It’s an overreaction by our side.


37 posted on 01/31/2011 7:03:32 AM PST by miss marmelstein
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To: miss marmelstein
yes, they always go after conservatives pols

Well, Surprise, Surprise, Surprise ...

Tells us something about "community theatre" folks.

At least, I think it does.

38 posted on 01/31/2011 7:45:00 AM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: miss marmelstein
Today, they ALWAYS target current politicians.

Wouldn't President Obama fit the 'current politician' theme much better?

Of course he would, but the writers are cowards.

39 posted on 01/31/2011 8:06:52 AM PST by Balding_Eagle (Overproduction, one of the top five worries of the American Farmer each and every year..)
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To: miss marmelstein; dr_lew
not held hostage to the politically correct.

I believe my post #39 points out the fallacy of that statement.

40 posted on 01/31/2011 8:10:47 AM PST by Balding_Eagle (Overproduction, one of the top five worries of the American Farmer each and every year..)
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To: fantail 1952
I don't suppose it would be too much for somebody, somewhere, to actually quote the offending lyrics, and perhaps offer the context in which the Palin reference was made?

Well, no ... maybe that's too much trouble.

How much easier, simply to wail and gnash teeth....

41 posted on 01/31/2011 8:25:07 AM PST by r9etb
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To: miss marmelstein
It’s an overreaction by our side.

Indeed it is.... ironic, really, that FReepers who pride themselves on responding to facts rather than emotion, seem so readily to believe the worst about a story -- in utter absence of facts -- when it meets their preconceived notions.

One of the best things I ever learned, was right here at FR: to be skeptical -- even cynical -- about any article; and especially so about articles that feed my preconceptions.

42 posted on 01/31/2011 8:37:53 AM PST by r9etb
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To: ArrogantBustard

Let me clear up my post: the most recent production that I saw in London also attacked New Labour. I didn’t mean to say they ONLY attacked Conservatives. Now, if the community theatre production mentioned no one but conservatives that would be extremely rude and not very community-oriented. But I have no idea. In any case, the song is and always will be political satire.


43 posted on 01/31/2011 11:57:47 AM PST by miss marmelstein
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To: miss marmelstein

“I am probably one of the biggest supporters of the Divine Sarah on FR. But I also know my theatre history.”

True, local productions always “update” the executioners list, and it’s good fun. However The two productions I have seen, and others on YouTube, cite both left and right figures. To cite Palin alone shows bias, and believe me, there’s plenty of lefty loons here in Montana.

A fairer version...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ULo08dw1Ub4


44 posted on 02/01/2011 2:12:45 PM PST by Rennes Templar ( Reagan: " When I was young we were poor, but the gov't didn't have to tell us we were poor")
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