Your Weekly Dose of Stupidity
I could make this a weekly thing, actually. If I really wanted to, I could make it a daily thing. There is an abundance of stupidity in the world today, that’s for dang sure, and the Internet helps to find it. The Internet, truth be told, helps to foster it. It makes it easier for stupid people to find each other and their respective idiocisms (I don’t know if this is a real word but it should be) to influence each other.
What’s the specific idiocism this time? Alexander Hamilton High School in Westchester, New York has cancelled a production of Disney’s TARZAN because somebody complained. Or maybe they were just afraid somebody was going to complain. “Through some of the discussion and the choice of the play this year, there were several concerns that were brought to our attention that our students would maybe be depicted in a negative light with the selection of the play,” said school superintendent Marc Baiocco. What’s the problem? In the language of the Mangani, the fictitious tribe of ape-men who raise Tarzan and give him his name, Tarzan means “white skin.” Because he has white skin. Ohh. Ahh. How freakin’ stupid. Idiocism in action!
Okay, look. Yes, there are aspects of the writings of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ work that simply aren’t acceptable by today’s standards. Though Burroughs’ viewpoint as expressed in his fiction is complex and there are times when he expresses views that would almost be deemed progressive, at other times it reflects the racist attitudes of the day in which he lived. But Disney fixed that particular problem when they cartoonized the Tarzan story, by not featuring any black characters at all, and nixing all the violence. And it is the scrubbed-clean Disney version this school is finding objectionable! Now instead of the TARZAN musical they are doing a Shakespeare play. Shakespeare, whose work *also* occasionally reflects the racist attitudes of the day in which *he* lived! Imbecility rules!
WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of EVIL CHEEZ PRODUCTIONS (www.evilcheezproductions.blogspot.com, www.facebook.com/evilcheezproductions), specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced and directed (and occasionally acted in) over a dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and Crime genres. His first novel, THE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF, is available for purchase at https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/734763
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