Is this for real? I guess it is:
Corona del Mar High School’s principal Fal Asrani refused to pay theÂ Rent, so now students will have to settle forÂ You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. In the on-going sagaÂ QueertyÂ wasÂ the first to tell you about, the Orange County school canceled its originally planned spring musical because ofÂ Rent‘s portrayal of gay characters. Now drama teacher Ron Martin will now rehearse his cast for Clark Gesner’s musical comedy. Because Linus isn’t gayÂ at all.
Ms. AsraniÂ still stands by her wordÂ that she didn’t cancel the production ofÂ RentÂ over anything gay â€” and that it was Mr. Martin who called things off. This, coming from a principal who, during a meeting with Martin and a union rep, called offÂ RentÂ because she needed to review the script’s inclusions of “prostitution and homosexuality,” says Martin, even though there’s nothing about hooking inÂ Rent. (This was also the first time Asrani asked to review a script in Martin’s five years of working at the school, Martin says. It’s common practice for a principal to review scripts for student productions.)
Moreover, it seems Asrani isn’t the only higher-up who’s out of touch. Dana Black, president of the Newport-Mesa Board of Education, says the school district has no problem with edgy material, but “we don’t want anybody feeling alienated.” Well, Ms. Black, you just did some alienating: all of your gay students now feel less than equal.
Is it just me or is Newport-Mesa on its way to becoming the new Capo? Let’s just hope that “we don’t want anybody feeling alienated” doesn’t now mean banning all reference to “teh gay” (so that bigots don’t feel “alienated”) and teaching religious dogma in science class (so that “believers” don’t feel “alienated”). Wow. And liberals keep getting blamed for the sorry state of education today?