Dear friends. I will make this brief. Two days ago, the front page of the Sun, once again chose to let us grace their cover. And by us, I mean. the daughter of a 9/11 victim … (?) The cover headline reads: “Play Hits Home”, insinuating that Homegrown, due to its content sparking the memory of this woman’s father and his 9/11 death, is an argument against … arts funding?
I won’t, or rather, don’t feel the need to say too much on this, as reading this article has made it clear that even The Sun agrees there is no longer a story here. Using the child of a 9/11 victim to make a statement about arts funding is so far of a stretch, that I do believe The Sun has managed to sabotage their own journey. I’m not sure even the rightest of wings could look upon this with much seriousness–and if so, then I can’t imagine them posing any more of a threat than say, Sarah Palin.
oh wait. she’s still around, isn’t she. hm.
okay, so … do we have a problem here?
The recent response from the PMO seems to confirm that facts are not a requisite towards opinion — so where does that leave us?
For those who don’t know what I’m speaking about. The Harper government issues a response to the Sun’s Homegrown crusade.
“We are extremely disappointed that public money is being used to fund plays that glorify terrorism. Had the plot hatched by the Toronto 18 succeeded, thousands of innocent Canadians would have died,”
We were very surprised by this because Homegrown does not glorify terrorism. At all. The Harper Governement has absolutely no grounds to make such a statement as they have not seen the play, nor had anyone else reporting on this issue at the time of this statement. I know that much of the press has picked up on this, and made that clear, but how is it possible that the federal government did not so much as sit back and ask themselves whether their opinion should or should not be informed?
I’ll admit that I did sit in the audience on opening wondering if a copy of the script was leaked and, somehow, in my initial read of the script, I completely missed the parts where it glorifies terrorism. By the end, I found myself feeling almost dissapointment–wishing that somehow, the government making decision in my country–the country that I love–would have an interest in fact-base leadership.
If facts are just obstacles towards more power, what is to stop us from the road to fascism?
These are just some of the questions that have come up for me over the last few days. That, and a wave of relief that I’ve chosen to live my life as an artist. This has been a beautiful reminder.