By now, I am sure that everyone has heard about the absurd “controversy” surrounding the casting of the unbelievably talented and stunningly beautiful Halle Bailey as Ariel in the up-coming live action remake of Disney’s 1989 animated The Little Mermaid. There are a lot of very foolish hills to die on, but, by far, is probably one of the most stupid.Read More
Oh, The Fantasticks. You miserable, outdated, charmless relic, rife with a bumper crop of rape “jokes,” ableism and horrifying racial stereotypes that would make a sane person want to dive under their seat in fremdschämen. In the Year of Our Lord 2018, someone thought it would be a genius idea to invite a group of 40 high school age Native students to a performance of The Fantasticks at the University of Wyoming...and NOT warn them.
On April 25th, my college classmate Mark Mangaccat was murdered in cold blood.
It’s one of those things that is so awful, you look for anything to tell you that there’s been a misprint, that it’s not true. Somethings are just so senseless and vile, made exponentially bitter by the fact that they happen to some of the world’s best, kindest and least deserving people. When the news broke a week after the murder, I went through all of the articles I could find, looking for answers where there really weren’t any. I then turned to my photo archives in disbelief. I didn’t want the world to remember him this way, some sensationalist story on People Magazine.com or the Daily Mail.
Mark was, and is, more than a headline. There are so many more reasons and ways to remember Mark.Read More
Man, I am so tired of crap like this.
Let me start off by saying that I love(d) the musical HAIRSPRAY. I love the John Waters film. I even love the film version of the musical, and I am absolutely not sorry about it. So colour me shocked and disgusted after reading the above statement.
HAIRSPRAY, with music by Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Scott Wittman and Shaiman and a book by Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan, based on the 1988 John Waters film Hairspray, has a creative team made up entirely of white men. White men who, apparently, don’t care if someone who isn’t Black plays Seaweed, or any other Black character in the show.
It's because they don't actually care about Black people or Black lives as long as they can use Black history to make money.Read More
Over the next few months, and even over the next year, the abuse victims of Broadway and beyond are finally going to have their day. More and more victims are going to be coming forward.
I am very serious about protecting myself, and helping you protecting yourselves, from and after abuse. You should never feel bad about having to take precautions that are for your mental and emotional health.
Here are some strategies and reminders I can offer you to start protecting yourself:Read More