Prop 8 Support Causes Sacramento Theater Leader to Lose Job
UNBELIEVABLE!! As I’ve said before, the liberals ONLY want FREE SPEECH for their point of view!! This man should not have resigned. He has a right to give his own persoanl money to whatever cause he wants and it is discrimination for him to be forced out because of it. His employers should NOT have accepted his resignation. If they were truly ethical and believed in free speech, they would have refused his resignation and said that he cannot be discriminated against just because of his personal views.
The hypocrisy of the left is mind-blowing. They are hateful and are the epitome of what it means to be discriminatory. The activist gays have shown their true colors since the election. They are not the nice, peace-loving people they profess to be. They are radical and extreme.
Wonder what would have happened if a supporter of NO on 8 was asked to resign because he donated his own personal money to that campaign?? It would be all over the news and we would be called discriminatory. This man should get his job back!!!
Prop 8 gift gets Theater’s Leader in a Ruckus
By Marcus Crowder
Published: Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2008
Gay and lesbian artists called Monday for an artistic and audience boycott of California Musical Theatre after learning that its artistic director donated $1,000 to a campaign that backed banning gay marriage in California.
Scott Eckern was not available for comment Monday as the revelation has gained stunning momentum on the blogosphere. The California Musical Theatre produces the Music Circus, presents Broadway Sacramento, and recently opened “Forever Plaid” at the capital’s newest performing venue, the Cosmopolitan Cabaret.
Richard Lewis, the organization’s executive producer, said the board of directors will conduct an emergency meeting on the matter this afternoon. He said it was too early to tell how this would affect Eckern’s 25-year employment with California Musical Theatre.
In a statement released Monday, Lewis said: “Any political action or the opinion of Scott Eckern is not shared by California Musical Theatre. We have a long history of appreciation for the LGBT community and are truly grateful for their longstanding support.”
Links to Eckern’s official donation information began appearing Thursday on sites such as the gay political activism site http://www.goodasyou.org and the more informal conversational forum http://www.datalounge. The measure was Proposition 8 on the Nov. 4 ballot.
Local openly gay composer Gregg Coffin, who has written nationally produced musicals “Convenience” and “Five Course Love,” found it initially difficult to express his feelings about the situation.
“I feel so sad that someone from within my field and someone from within my community, who actually knows me, would contribute to an initiative that reduces me to second-class citizenship,” Coffin said.
“I feel so sorry that he chose to support divisiveness and hatred rather than equality and inclusion; especially a man of the theater who works with gay actors, dancers, directors, designers and staff at CMT. The duplicity of it makes me so incredibly sad.”
California Musical Theatre is the capital’s oldest professional performing arts organization and California’s largest nonprofit musical theater company. It has 32 full-time employees and its budget for 2007 was $16.5 million.
Eckern was named CMT’s artistic director in July 2002 after longtime producing director Leland Ball stepped down. Eckern also holds the post of chief operating officer.
“Hairspray” composer Marc Shaiman called Eckern Thursday to discuss his donation. “Hairspray” closed this summer’s Music Circus season.
In a post on one Web site, Shaiman relayed what he told Eckern: “The idea that your donation came from a salary that for a short amount of time was drawn from profits from a show I wrote upsets me terribly and I would never allow anything I write to play there and will encourage my colleagues to consider doing the same.”
Shaiman has contacted colleagues in the theater, including Jeff Whitty, whose show “Avenue Q” comes to Broadway Sacramento next spring. Whitty’s Web site, http://www.whitless.com, details a telephone conversation he had with Eckern on Friday.
“There’s a great degree of hue and cry over getting Mr. Eckern fired,” Whitty wrote. “I’ve searched my soul about this. I’m instinctively not comfortable with the idea of his dismissal, though my activist side still whispers, ‘Punish!’
“I fear for what Mr. Eckern’s dismissal would say about theater: that there’s only room for the pro-gay crowd. In a way, if we only allow people we agree with, if we only allow people who share a broad sympathy for the human condition, then we become one of those dreaded fantasy ‘elites.’ ”
Others were much more vitriolic in their condemnation of Eckern on online message boards.
The theater site Broadwayworld.com has picked up the story, and the political antigayblacklist.com has published Eckern’s name and professional affiliation along with those of others who made contributions.
Published: Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2008 |
The California Musical Theatre found itaself caught in a dramatic conflict between free speech and civil rights, a situation that ultimately led to today’s resignation of artistic director Scott Eckern.
Eckern quit this morning. He became the target of strong criticism after it was learned he donated $1,000 to the Proposition 8 campaign to ban gay marriage.
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