Monday, May 21, 2012

"The Miraculous Mandarin" pulled in Seattle, because we're liberal and about free speech

The play/ballet is about prostitution and the issues that come with that. It was staged in a vacant building that the audience stood outside of and looked into, according to Brendan Kiley of The Stranger. But, well, it was too much for Seattle, and the people who put it on in the vacant building, Store Fronts Seattle, pulled the plug (even though people had already bought tickets).  Store Fronts has a very interesting explanation for their action. After explaining in great detail the potential issues with the piece that they knew about ahead of time before booking, they say :

"Watching the opening night’s performance, however, the Storefronts leadership found it obvious that the show was, in fact, not appropriate for a general audience. As there isn’t a way to restrict the viewing of the piece from the park, we were forced to cancel." 

Well, because they don't actually give any examples of why they "found it obvious" that it was inappropriate, one can only assume that their reasoning was based on a more of a general sense, like in the "I know it when I see it" definition of pornography, and like that used by hysterical school moms in the midwest to ban plays and books since time immemorial.  There's also the issue of "implied nudity", which was cited by the dance company itself as a reason that Storefronts gave for canceling the show.

 Implied nudity? That means that, you know, there wasn't actual one was naked, it was just, um, implied, like maybe with a body stocking or something....canceling something over "implied nudity" is, again, something that folks in the corn belt do.

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