Charlotte 1996 redux: Zealot wants ‘Reefer Madness’ banned
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The parent was a little more than upset (“pissed” might be a better word) that her child (without her knowledge, of course) went to see the company’s production of “Reefer Madness,” a musical comedy and satire that takes on issues of religion and drug use.
He or she writes, in part (via QCTC Facebook):
“I always am careful about the media items that my children come in contact with, and what they should stay away from. I have raised them in a God fearing household, and promote the Lord our God in our everyday lives. I thought that I was able to protect my children from the perverse natures of this world at least until they were old enough to think for themselves”
“My son came home Saturday night and told me that he had gone with two of his friends to see your theater play Reefer Madness”.
“I can’t believe that you would dare to bring such garbage to the stage. He told me that it instructs the viewers on how to smoke marijuana, and that it also has an actor portraying Jesus”
” I looked up your website, and am not surprised to see that you promote the gay agenda in Charlotte, and that this is just your latest work to try and force it on our children”
“I am more horrified that he now thinks that drugs can be a fun thing to do since he saw people laughing, singing, and dancing about it. Do you not feel any responsibility to the trash your bring to Charlotte?”
“This sort of program should not be able to go on in Charlotte. Queen City Theatre Company is promoting smut and laughing at Jesus Christ our Lord.”
“I have spoken to not only my own Pastor and his family about this play, but have emailed and called several organizations such as The Coalition of Conscience, Religious Tolerance.org, and several other ministry’s and Watch Tower’s in the Charlotte area which I hope will help in closing your mockery down”
This is all starting to sound very familiar. 1996 “Angels in America” controversy, anyone?
Luckily for Charlotte and its gays, Joe Chambers, the pastor who led that horrific display of bigotry back in the day, is as old as a dinosaur now. I doubt we’ll see him taking a stand for much of anything. But, I wonder, will Michael Brown or Flip Benham take up the fight? There’s got to be better things for them to do with their time than fight a musical.
And Brown and Benham say us queers are the intolerant ones (aww, the poor Christians with really nice clothes, nice cars, big ministries and churches and supposed direct lines to the Almighty are always getting picked on! So sad!). I mean, we aren’t the ones trying to shut down someone else’s spotlight on the stage. Hell, we are the ones in the spotlight. Why would we want to tamper down our own egos?
But, you know, us gays and theatre are like two peas in a pod. After all, if the ho-mo-sek-shuls are involved it must be evil, right?
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