Wednesday, March 28, 2007

A little disrespect, how much can that hurt anybody?

In a clear demonstration of disrespect to the Bible and Jewish beliefs, the Victoria Philharmonic Choir will represent Samson, a musical work composed by Haendel, on April 5, 6 and 7.
I am really upset with this news. In an attempt to make this representation something "original", the individual organizing the event, named Simon Carpet, decided to depict Samson as a suicide bomber. He says, "Is there any difference between pulling down a pillar or blowing a bomb? Samson killed thousands of people. To show him in the traditional mythological sense does a disservice". At least the tenor Ken Lavigne, who will be Samson's in the hideous play, is a little more sensible than Carpet, by expressing "I’m really struggling with this. I can’t help but feel that a number of people will not enjoy this rejigging of a biblical hero". But he'll do the job anyway, maybe it won't hurt him so much after all.
Offensive. Antisemitic. Ridiculous. Insulting. Ignorant. All those adjectives fit to express my disappointment on this upcoming event, which clearly goes against the tolerance policies that harmoniously rule in Canada. It's even more shaming that this kind of offense will be put on stage at the some place right in our lovely Centennial Square, just beside the City Hall. Sad but true.
I sincerely wish the worst luck to this project. Shame on all the people involved on it, and shame on whoever attends the event and pays the ticket to support the project of spreading the ignorance and disinformation.


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