Skip to comments.Connecticut Musical Stirs Controversy After Two Men Kiss During Performance
Posted on 10/18/2011 4:51:24 PM PDT by Third Person
A Connecticut high school musical causes a public walkout after two men in the cast kissed during the performance.
It happened during the Zanna Dont! musical at Hartford Public High School last Friday.
There are always circumstances (in organizing these programs) under which the values of the student or their family come into play, said Adam Johnson, principal of the Government and Law Academy at the high school, told CBS Connecticut.
He added that many students expressed a desire to skip the show due to the subject matter.
Its a balancing act of individual values and the expectations of the school (and) it was interesting, actually, seeing the apprehension, Johnson explained.
Zanna Dont! depicts life at the fictitious Heartsville High, where students with academically-charged interests sit atop the popularity echelon while football players are the outcasts, and heterosexuals must conceal their sexual preference to avoid public scrutiny.
During the show, two men in the cast share a brief kiss a lip lock that became a great point of contention.
There was a public walkout by a bunch of students (when the kiss happened) mostly male, Johnson said. It was visually evident (due to the jerseys the team was wearing) that a lot of football players got up and walked out. It was almost a symbolic kind of thing.
Reportedly, the school began receiving a great number of phone calls. The dean of students was even allegedly paid a visit by a Bible-wielding parent that spoke about homosexuals in an unflattering manner.
In the weeks prior we were told by those organizing the play that there was going to be a boy-boy kiss, said Johnson, noting the importance of accepting homosexual intimacy as society accepts heterosexual intimacy. When one teacher asked if I wanted to remove it, I said absolutely not.
The production was produced by a joint effort between a task force created by Leadership Greater Hartfords Quest program and True Colors. It was one of 16 projects available for the taking by task forces involved in Quest, participant Louise Provenzano explained.
Our specific task force voted for this project because we believe in it, especially in light of national and local stories about LGBTQ issues and bullying, Provenzano, who worked on the marketing committee for the project, told CBS Connecticut. Its not a comfortable topic for many folks but our group is very passionate about bringing the message of inclusiveness and compassion to the community.
And with Spirit Day a holiday during which celebrants promote awareness and widespread acceptance of the LGBTQ community coming up on Oct. 20, the timing seemed perfect.
Through humor and music, were able to address uncomfortable topics and very serious issues for many, Provenzano said.
Most change that comes about does require a certain amount of movement through the uncomfortable the change process can be a bit messy and disruptive, Ted Carroll, president of Leadership Greater Hartford, told CBS Connecticut.
After the performance, a talk back session was held to promote a dialog between students, administrators and moderators, and materials were handed out for those seeking more information about issues that affect the LGBTQ community.
Though there were members of the community put off by the shows content, many also received it positively, Johnson said.
Its message of acceptance is especially important to proponents of Zanna Dont! which is why two more productions of the show will be performed at Hartford Public High School on Oct. 21. One performance will be for the schools two remaining academies, and the other will be for the general public.
I think that were at a time in history where there is tremendous focus on bullying and the way students are treating each other, and how they are treated, in school, Johnson said. We have to teach students how to respect and honor each other. (The students) need to learn about the diversity of the world and respecting the rights of all people. (Im) really glad that we did this program.
“More queer leftist propaganda for the youth.”
Muslim imports will put a stop to this; I don’t read about these things happening in their high schools here in NJ.
Last week I turned on my TV and when I changed channels .. There was an up close shot of a couple kissing.
As the camera panned out .. it was TWO MEN making out!
The show was some series called “The Good Wife”?
I am so SICK of this crap!
...i.e. two underage high school students at Hartford Public High School....
My kid would be homeschooled within 2 days.
Our country is ruined and lost.
Hey Johnson, you moron.....take a hint. You’re on the wrong side here, so get over your a** kissing of the homosexuals and their agenda.
I enjoy “House” but they had to throw in a scene with two women kissing last night. It’s everywhere. An alien from another planet would assume 50% of the population was homosexual if they tuned in to watch tv.
The Sexual Rage Behind Islamic Terror
Socially segregated from women, Arab men succumb to homosexual behavior. But, interestingly enough, there is no word for “homosexual” in their culture in the modern Western sense. That is because having sex with boys, or with effeminate men, is seen as a social norm.
Knowing contemporary “culture” and that oversized NYC suburb, I’d say the controversy was that they didn’t kiss enough-only once.
Yeah, I like House myself.
Thirteen (13) Olivia Wilde has always played the lesbian who also likes men role on the program.
It’s a shame but .. Every program now is either about making Sodomites ‘normal’ or ‘Whitey’ as the bad guy!
I sware, if it wasn’t for hockey (NHL) I would cancel tv service.
I see a lot of comments like this here (and don’t doubt there are Muslim homosexuals), but in the end I still don’t read about these events at schools with Muslim populations (and no, I’m not Muslim).
Spirit day? What, satan couldn't wait until Halloween? That any of this perversion is tolerated and celebrated at schools just shows that these institutions are nothing but repulsive vats of sewage.
OUR Children are not here for your personal, perverted social experimentation lab!
Where are the parents when this crap happens, they should be out front demanding this stuff be removed from the schools.
That's a sword that cuts both ways.
The school administrator that allowed the homosexual agenda show into a school, should be fired immediately. Spreading and subjecting children to perversion is still a crime is it not?
(The dean of students was even allegedly paid a visit by a Bible-wielding parent that spoke about homosexuals in an unflattering manner.)
How do you speak unflattering about perversion ????
These people are SICK!
Conversely, the parents with any sense of morality should pull their kids from the school and then demand that their property taxes that are used for the “public” school be reimbursed.
Bringing the force of law down on Christians who “speak about homosexuals in an unflattering manner”
is the endgoal of this agenda.
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In Germany people used to call "Hitler Youth" something like "Hitler's Fairies". It was well known that many of the youth leaders were pederasts who turned the "Jugend" into homosexuals. Now public skrewels are turning into homosexual factories. Not just a bit here and there, but it seems to have become their main mission. I'd like to see massive protests with parents, relatives, neighbors, community people - whose property taxes PAY for schools - protesting this "Queering" of the public schools. Signs, displays, tables with info, etc. When will people take some action? Have the majority really accepted this? Are most people in Hartford, CT fine with the schools turning into bath houses for children?
where the hell are the parents?
SICK , so this is what tax payer pay for now.
Simple ... you tell the truth about it.
Not good enough.
"Public" schools should be abolished wholesale.
Education is far too important to let the government have any control over it at all.
Time for rallies with torches and pitchforks, mass protests. Everyone is paying for this vileness so everyone has a right to protest it.
What kind of headline is this? They were not men. They were high school age boys.
What schools with Muslim populations?
“Diversity of the world”.*Sigh*
Jersey City, Passaic, etc.
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