|re: Saw it last night (was re: Wondering if The Prom will benefit . . .)|
|Posted by: Michael_Portantiere 12:15 pm EST 01/04/19|
|In reply to: re: Saw it last night (was re: Wondering if The Prom will benefit . . .) - kidmanboy 11:36 am EST 01/04/19|
|"I have to say that, as a liberal New Yorker myself, I thought this show was exactly why midwesterners view us as 'coastal elite.' The broadway characters looked down on the inhabitants of the town they were visiting and little was done to prove their preconceptions wrong. "
Yes, the Broadway characters do "look down" on the inhabitants of the town -- but again, the Broadway characters are frequently made to seem humorously ridiculous in some of their attitudes, reactions, and motivations, and also they learn that the conflict they are there to protest is not the black-and-white situation they initially think it is, and that the people on the other side of the argument are not cardboard villains.
In order to enjoy THE PROM, you DO have to view it as objectively wrong to cancel a prom in order to prevent a gay or lesbian teenager from attending with another gay or lesbian teenager as their date because of religious teachings and "community standards." Anyone who doesn't view that action as objectively wrong will not enjoy this show and should probably not attend, even though they would most benefit from its message. And if you are not willing to stand up for something like this because you are afraid of being perceived as a member of the "coastal elite," I think that's troubling and more than a little frightening.
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