Monday, April 23, 2007

Some Crazy Shit

"Free speech is like a Ferrari: What good is it if you don't use it or if you barely use it, only driving it in town, in stop-and-go traffic? It's useless until you can head out to the Arizona desert and push it past 150 mph. Short of libel, slander and impersonation, anything goes--that is, if you believe in the First Amendment."

-Ted Rall

UPDATE: Apparently it wasn't a Christian group. The school offers its side of the story here.

UPDATE #2: Mr. Daisey writes about speaking with the man who poured water on his outliine here.

Thursday night's performance of Mike Daisey's Invincible Summer at the A.R.T. in Cambridge, Mass. was disrupted when eighty seven members of a Christian group walked out of the show en masse, with one protester coming on stage pouring water on his original of the show outline.

Here's what Mr. Daisey writes:

"I am performing the show to a packed house, when suddenly the lights start coming up in the house as a flood of people start walking down the aisles - they looked like a flock of birds who'd been startled, the way they all moved so quickly, and at the same was shocking, to see them surging down the aisles. The show halted as they fled, and at this moment a member of their group strode up to the table, stood looking down on me and poured water all over the outline, drenching everything in a kind of anti-baptism."

All things considered, Mr. Daisey handles himself - and the protesters - quite well, moving on with the show for those that remained.

The Right always likes to complain about the secular humanists' and atheists' harassment and persecution of Christians. This would make a little more sense if said secular humanists and atheists were entering churches and staging disruptive walkouts en masse. (Although hey, maybe it's happened once or twice. Can anyone find an occurrence of this really happening? By all means let me know.)

You can read about the incident, as well as view YouTube footage, here.

Mildly appalled,

James "Crazy Christian" Comtois

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

When I was in college, I had a friend that wanted to start "The Most Feared Theatre Company". The company members would go to other shows, sit in the front row, and then jump up onstage, drop trou, and say "I poop on this play . . . MOST FEARED THEATRE!!!!!", and then run off the stage. Needless to say, that company idea never left the drawing board.

Clop, clop . . . clop, clop

12:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think I neglected to mention that after they dropped trou, they would actually poop on the stage. . . I don't know if that's relevant.

Anyway . . .
Clop, clop . . .clop, clop

12:30 PM  
Blogger Zack Calhoon said...

Um, okay . . . you know what's a good movie? "Wall Street". Yeah, that's a good movie. You know what's not such a good movie? "The Rookie". No that's not such a good movie, not as good as "The Chase". Yeah, that's a good movie.

12:32 PM  
Blogger Kyle said...

Didn't Larry Kramer and ACT UP storm St. Patrick's Cathedral during the height of the AIDS crisis?

3:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, and desecrated the host (dropped it and stomped on it) -- which gave crazy power to the once fringe group Catholic League and and its flying finger of fate, William Donohue.

These were men fighting for their lives, up against a system of Church-run churches that barely wanted to treat AIDS patients, let alone treat them with dignity and with common sense. Not the same as people comfortable and privileged in their normal world, who had one man go crazy because he chose to attend to play that represented a less comfortable place... Paris Hilton's vagina.

Not. the. same.

1:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

church-run hospitals. doy.

1:48 AM  
Blogger Kyle said...

Agreed, anonymous, although I can't speak to how comfortable Paris Hilton's vagina is.

And I hope my mother never discovers that I typed that sentence.

3:05 PM  

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