Earlier this year, a California high school was sued over discrimination after canceling a performance of RENT – a musical featuring homosexual characters. The high school later allowed the performance to continue as planned.
At least in that instance, the high school performed a cleaner version which removed the objectionable material of the original musical, including profanity, drug references, and a song about a character’s sexual experience.
The following high school, however, was not as stringent about their school play:
Students at a high school in Massachusetts are opening theater doors today for a free performance of scenes from their upcoming musical, a tale about a bisexual father torn between his family and his "gay" lover.
Seven students of Concord-Carlisle High School in Concord, Mass., are cast in the school's rendition of "Falsettos," a Tony-award-winning production described by a local newspaper as "a musical comedy about life, love and loss in which the characters renegotiate their definitions of family."
But one organization in Massachusetts is objecting to how the plot redefines "family" and pointing to some of musical's content – including the songs "My Father's a Homo", "Everybody Hates His Parents" and "Four Jews in a Room B----ing" – as blatantly offensive.
"Community residents are very concerned about the production's vulgar sexuality and anti-family message," writes MassResistance – a local group that counters promotion of homosexuality in the state – on its blog entry. "Not content with inflicting this on the community in the weeks before Christmas, the school has added a sneak preview scheduled on Thanksgiving Day."
I’m all for tolerance, especially towards the LGBT community, but good grief: whatever happened to common decency? This performance contains songs with sexual innuendo and anti-Semitism, songs which are clearly not suitable for a public high school setting.
This school performance should not be excused simply for the sake of tolerance. Equal rights do not mean special rights. If the performance did not feature homosexual characters, would school officials be as willing to allow it to perform? If not, the performance has to go.