Sorbo is a Conservative Christian and while I don’t agree with him on…well…most anything in the political arena, that’s his right. So it doesn’t piss me off that he is speaking at a big old anti GLBTQ “values voters” conference more that it pisses me off that the conference exists.
I will note that twice divorced Donald Trump is also speaking at the “values voters” conference so I begin to wonder exactly which “values” are important to these folks. Apparently dumping your wife for a younger model is a completely acceptable value.
But Sorbo, star of the immensely popular (in Conservative Christian circles) but objectively horrible God is Not Dead, is outspoken about one thing that really bothers me – how persecuted he is for being a Christian.
In the article linked above, he talks about how he had trouble getting jobs after he “came out” as a Conservative Christian. I mean, his acting in “Hercules” was amazing so he should have been working all the time. I don’t know when he “came out” but I see he was in an obscure series called “Andromeda” for five years.
I mean, did David Schwimmer “come out” as a Conservative Christian? Because he hasn’t had a ton of work since “Friends” went off the air.
How about every actress in Hollywood who is over forty? Did all of them “come out” as Conservative Christians?
Sorbo’s bullshit idea that he had trouble getting work because of his Christianity doesn’t hold up to the number of credits on his resume. On the other hand, given how many of those credits are shitty Christian apologist films, his narrative is probably very useful in getting him roles in those kinds of films.
And I’ll bet those roles pay.
Poor Kevin Sorbo.
In case you missed it, a whole bunch of business owners were outed for their contributions to David Dukes failed Senate campaign, including here in my home state of Minnesota.
In California, a restaurateur has elected to close shop because he’s faced some flack over the fact he donated to one of the most prominent racists in the country who isn’t currently inhabiting the White House.
His response has been to complain about how all of this is a war on whites, which kind of explains why he chose to give money to David Duke’s campaign. He even said David Duke supports “European American Civil Rights.” In other words, the asshole is a white supremacist and screw him if he has to shut down his restaurant.
Here’s the problem that we face in all of this – I think it is great to out white supremacists. I think it is great to let them know their philosophy is bullshit.
I worry, however, that there is a lot of collateral damage. When the owner of Clubhouse Jager was outed as a Duke contributor, his employees announced they were quitting. At least one of them was later accosted at a different bar* because they worked for racist asshole even though they weren’t aware he was a racist asshole.
I’m fully in support of outing Nazis and white supremacists. I think we should have full knowledge of who they are and then we should make our own informed decisions on whether or not to do business with them.
I just hope we don’t hurt people who aren’t white supremacists because they are unintentionally connected to racist assholes. If they lose their jobs, that sucks. Even if they leave that job voluntarily.
If we are going to cost a Nazi their business, that’s fine. But let’s not turn our backs on the people who are hurt when that business closes, OK?
*This report is from a reputable source but there is no news coverage of the incident.
I just think you should look at the picture first. Because it says a lot.
First off, the doll section in Target is way bigger than that. Second, what is that behind the doll in the yellow top? Isn’t that a white doll? Third, interesting how she chose names that are traditionally “ethnic” to make her point. Fourth, who stocks dolls lying sideways? Maybe someone taking a picture to share on Twitter so she can become internet famous for being racist?
And fifth – even if what she said was true (and it wasn’t) – wouldn’t “too many” dolls of color be a good thing? I mean these are probably all of the black dolls in the toy section. I’m not sure how many Hispanic or Asian ones there were. Maybe more. Probably less.
The number of white dolls (outside the frame) were likely at least twice the number of dolls of any other ethnicity.
But this girl thought it would be great to point out how racist it was that there were eight dolls for black girls who may have wanted a toy that resembled them.
Once it was pointed out that her picture was bullshit, she apologized for being insensitive (good) and eventually deleted the Twitter account.
This is what People of Color deal with every day. When there is a little bit of representation, someone complains there is too much representation. There is this idea that being white is supposed to be the default setting and any time someone who isn’t white shows up, they are stealing what is supposed to be ours.
We get to play life on the easy setting but we feel like it isn’t easy enough.
I’m starting to get caught up on sleep after eleven days in which I averaged about five hours a night. It’s a good thing only one of my two shows required me to have a lot of lines.
In the end, the out of town acts moved on to their next Fringe or headed back to wherever they call home. The locals all started thinking about their next show and about what they will do at the Fringe next year. I’m working on my next script and a couple of directing gigs after that.
Theatrical Brigadoon has disappeared for another year. Rather, it has fractured. We all move apart for almost twelve months only to be pulled back into each other’s orbit by the gravitational pull of the Fringe. I have a lot of friends I see only during this eleven day Festival. Even more I see only infrequently during the rest of the year.
Fringe is the place you take chances because you probably won’t lost money when you do. It is the place you are inspired by the creativity of others. It is the place where you make connections to artists who might just be a collaborative partner next week or next month or next year.
In the end, I watched 32 shows and participated in 11. That means there were only 13 of 56 time slots in which I did nothing. Just over one per day. I saw at least one show in every Fringe venue that was not a bring your own. I watched every show that featured work by members of Fearless Comedy Productions. I saw only three shows I really didn’t like. I saw two shows I thought were truly extraordinary and several others I liked an awful lot.
Here, then, are my reviews for the last few shows I saw. Because I’m a completist. Thanks to everyone involved in this festival. It is one of my favorite things.
As the Fringe winds to a close, reviews are less important. I keep posting them anyway because hell, they might help someone down the road.
Last night, Fringe central was completely overrun by Coldplay fans. The proximity of Grumpy’s to US Bank Stadium provided many fans of the band with the opportunity to pre-game the concert. It also meant that most Fringe Festival participants were hanging out on the patio and trying to avoid the music fans who, most likely, had no idea the Fringe Festival even existed.
We made fun of these people a little. Not really because there is anything wrong with being a Coldplay fan but because they were invading “our” space.
Which is silly. I mean, ten days ago, this wasn’t “ours.” And tomorrow there will be no more performers with pink lanyards standing around trying to get a basket of tots.
But last night, our space and our city was crawling with Coldplay fans. They filled a stadium. And most of them were unaware of the amazing things happening all around them.
I guess that’s why we made fun of them a little. We all knew what they were missing.
What does getting the encore mean? In terms of audience, not a lot. Attendance at the final slot has, for the most part, been traditionally low. Certainly there are exceptions but most shows play for a small house in that 8:30 Sunday slot.
It’s more about bragging rights. Every time you do a show at the Fringe, you get to say you had an encore. Even if you never have one again.
Getting the encore is difficult. You need to put together a good show. You need to generate good buzz. And you need to sell more tickets than three or four other shows in your venue that are at least as good as yours.
Tonight, encore performances will be announced. One of them might be mine. But I doubt it because it is one of three shows that have been doing well in our venue. It’s the only thing at the festival that smacks of competition but it is a friendly one since I’d be genuinely pleased to see any of us in that final slot.
So I guess what I’m saying is this: If you are Fringing, go see an encore performance on Sunday night. Whoever got that final slot worked hard to earn it.
As the Festival reaches the final weekend, I have spent more time playing Fringe Roulette and simply checking out what is nearby. Sometimes, that has paid off beautifully. Other times, not so much. My Friday night, however, was almost all positive.
We have reached the point in our Fringe experience where everyone is talking about show ideas for next year. Plans are being hatched and somewhere around ten percent of them will actually be entered into the Fringe lottery this fall. A smaller percentage than that will actually be picked and/or produced.
Right now, I’m being recruited to write no less than five Fringe shows next year. And I have ideas for three of my own. I don’t imagine my experience is much different from dozens of other artists.
Creativity breeds more creativity. The Fringe generates it’s own content as artists meet and mingle and come up with ideas they may never have conceived if left to their own devices.
I love the creative engine that is the Fringe. I have become a better artist because of the ways it has pushed me over the years. I never thought I would do a storytelling show. Or a dance show. Or a musical.
All of these things became possible because the Fringe allows artists to take chances on the cheap. You can succeed or fail big and either way, you come away with ideas for next time so you can succeed or fail all over again!
I saw three shows last night and while I wasn’t completely satisfied with any of them, they all gave me ideas.