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Local Play is Cruel

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I was appalled to go to a local playcalled Couples Dating the other night and find ithomophobic and bigoted. I understand they meant it as comedy, but thehomophobic words used were definitely not funny. Because there was no comeuppance for the bigoted, homophobic, anti-Semiticmain character (and in the play's end his view was upheld as the "normal" view), I don't believe the "just kidding" argument works here. In any case, I never was so offended and it's extremely tough to offend me. For example, I Spit On Your Grave is one of my favorite all-time movies and my all-time favorite TV show is The Sopranos.
But I'm surprised Couples Dating isn't being picketed by the gay community of Bend, if there is one. But from the way the audience was responding with laughter, I wouldn't be surprised if all the gay people had been run out of town. I'm glad I'm not a lesbian, too, it would have been devastatingly painful. I'm appalled 2nd Street Theater would put up a playthatmight have been funny in the 1950s when we were less enlightened as human beings. I'm not giving my name because I'm afraid of the type of people who wouldcheerleader this play.


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