This is liberal entertainment?
But now an Australian theater troupe is taking things a considerable step further with a “pretty joyful comedy” about murdering anyone who disputes the so-called “settled science” of global warming, according to The Washington Times.
According to the Times, the work by Australian playwright David Finnigan is called – unimaginatively enough – “Kill Climate Deniers.”
Here’s how the website of the Griffin Theatre in Sidney describes the action:
“Kill Climate Deniers centres on a militant cell of eco-activists that takes the audience hostage during a concert at Parliament House. Led by charismatic spokeswoman Catch, they demand Australia immediately cease all carbon emissions and coal exports—or they’ll start executing their 1,700 hostages.”
Sounds like a laugh riot.
Of course, the theater tries to play it off as essentially harmless fun: “The science is real. The media fracas is real. Only the blood is fake. No one dies…at least, not yet. Come join the party.”
But there’s not a chance on globally warmed Earth that a play that sounded conservative themes while including an implicit threat to murder innocents would ever be granted an audience. (“Lower the carried-interest tax rate, or this Rainbow Gathering is history!”)
And here’s the injury added to insult. Not only is the Griffin Theatre a regular recipient of Australian taxpayer dollars through the Australia Council for the Arts, but this is the play’s second chance at the public trough.
In 2014, playwright David Finnigan received $19,000 Australian (about $15,0000 American) from the arts council to develop the play, according to the Australian Broadcasting Corp. Its planned run in a theater in the capital city of Canberra was eventually canceled by a conservative backlash led by a writer at the Melbourne-based Herald Sun.
Columnist Andrew Bolt asked at the time: “What sane Government donates to a project urging others to kill fellow citizens, even as a ‘joke’?”
The arts crowd scoffs at questions like that, but normal people ask them all the time – because demanding that public money be spent on genuinely publicly useful causes is an essential part of the conservative worldview. (Leftists – like totalitarian dictatorships and hereditary monarchies — sneer at that idea they’re not entitled to the fruits of other men’s labor, solely for their pleasure.)
In a sane world, a play called “Kill Climate Deniers” would never have made it out of the artist’s loft where it was conceived (or out of the playwright’s mother’s basement). In a sane world, the publicity it’s now getting would force it off the stage, just like it did in 2014.
But in the Trump-hating theater world of 2018, it will not only likely survive its run Down Under, but could well end up gracing the boards of a theater in deep blue New York City, Chicago or Los Angeles.
Funded generously, no doubt, by American taxpayer dollars.
Because even in the America that decisively rejected Hillary Clinton and her Democrats during a history-making night in November 2016, that’s liberal entertainment.
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