If you pick up a copy of today’s Toronto Sun, you will see that the Homegrown story is ON THE COVER??!!
I am both amazed and saddened by this cover story, which is neither worthy of a cover story in this context, and also the worthiest cover story the festival has received in that is has shown me a kind of cry for censorship that i’ve not really experienced. Is this now becoming a trend in our city? Is this post-G20 Toronto?
The sad thing is that nobody has yet even seen this play, most especially this journalist. He can bet that people certainly will now, and has single-handedly contributed to what will likely be a sold-out run of this play.
How truly truly bizarre of this man to go after this play and the festival.
In a follow up article, linked below, Peat goes after our Heritage funding, calling on a federation who is against “festivals of all kind”??
Perhaps the great lesson to come from this is that art does matter, and is a powerful tool for exposing ourselves unto each other … as it has with this piece, and as it does in Homegrown–which is a play that neither condones or rejects the behaviour of this man–but rather offers us a window into his experience–a perspective that asks us to see him as a human, rather than a name in a newspaper connected to a crime. Not to condone, but to try to understand why and how this happens in our country.
When we silence a voice, it does not go away, it just gets angry.
Let us engage with these questions together. They belong to us all.
Full Story can be found here. Rife with deeply disturbing comments.
and the follow up article.