And then I forgive him. He is very quiet—he is obviously shocked. And I tell him, "I want you to remember that a liberal atheist has forgiven you today. I don't want you to ever forget that, as long as you live, do not forget what happened here. I don't have God behind me, but I speak for myself, and I forgive you for myself, and for you. Never forget this."—Mike Daisey, blog post 4/24/07
As a fellow liberal atheist and sworn enemy of ignorant, paranoid, wasteful, culturally desolate, ahistorically pious middleamerican boobies, I must say this climactic passage from Mike Daisey’s latest posting about the desecration of his art related to a mass exodus from a recent performance of his Invincible Summer at American Repertory Theatre in Boston (infamous video here) rocked my world. Read it.
As anyone who makes the theater blog rounds knows, I’m the last to be on this story. Excuses time! I don’t have much time… I didn’t have anything to add …and I was morbidly fascinated by the rapid-response pooh-poohing and blowback over at Playgoer. So already, there have been roughly 12 million words written about this incident, but I’ll give preference to Daisey’s passionate, hyperbolic, self-dramatizing account. Why? It's a better read. I’m pro-artist. I’m anti-booby. Sure, I want to know the facts, and wouldn’t mind hearing the high school folks’ version of events (wonder if it’ll make their school paper?). There’s been some reporting of the incident. But guess what? At the end of the day, artists need our protection (and support) more than a bunch of church-infantilized fools who can’t deal with Daisey’s salty language and lefty attitudes. I will say this: Can’t wait to see his next show. He certainly doesn’t lack for material now.