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re: Saw it last night (was re: Wondering if The Prom will benefit . . .)
Posted by: jurinac 12:30 am EST 01/05/19
In reply to: re: Saw it last night (was re: Wondering if The Prom will benefit . . .) - Michael_Portantiere 12:15 pm EST 01/04/19

Michael, precisely where in the show are the Midwesterners characterized in depth? You keep saying I'm ignoring all these things in the show, but you don't provide specific examples. It's almost as if you're the one who's imagining things that simply aren't there. Frankly, it's hard to believe from many of your other posts here that you really do feel "It's fine that . . . some other people don't like it, but I also think it's fine and instructive to debate the show's merits and flaws."

As for your high-minded point about believing it's objectively wrong to cancel a prom to keep an LGBT couple from attending -- of course I agree. I'd argue that few people who buy a ticket to THE PROM would disagree -- that's what I meant when I accused it of preaching to the choir.

Your final paragraph here unwittingly illustrates one of the points I was trying to make. You write, "Anyone [opposed to LGBT couples at a prom] should probably not attend, even though they would most benefit from its message." So who's benefitting from the message at that rate? It's like giving HAIRSPRAY high marks for its brave stand against racism. Fortunately, HAIRSPRAY offered a book, score and staging of far higher quality than THE PROM's; as sheer entertainment, it was delightful enough for me to tolerate its own detour into self-congratulation ("I Know Where I've Been").

Then again, that anything I wrote provoked your final sentence -- "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" -- suggests that close reading and nuanced discussion aren't really priorities here.
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