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re: Hugh Sheridan in mental health care following Hedwig controvery
Last Edit: singleticket 06:40 pm EST 11/22/20
Posted by: singleticket 06:26 pm EST 11/22/20
In reply to: Hugh Sheridan in mental health care following Hedwig controvery - dbdbdb 06:08 pm EST 11/22/20

The tell here is the article's source, the UK's right-wing Daily Mail. That's not to say that Mr. Sheridan's claims of bullying aren't legitimate. But the context of this trans issue flare up in Australia which is unspoken here is Prime Minister Scott Morrison's use of trans issues as political football. Morrison has tried to deny bathroom space to trans people and has said that trans teens are pressured by "identity politics" to transition. It's actually a perfect storm to question whether HEDWIG is an appropriate musical to stage in Australia in this moment seeing as the story is about a young gay man pressured to transition. Again, perhaps not the fault of the musical's creators or Mr. Sheridan but theater doesn't operate in a vacuum as much as one often wishes it did.
Link Scott Morrison criticised after saying transgender teens pressured by 'identity politics'
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