An incident is taking place in a private New York school which LGBTs are being blamed for.
But the thing is that we had nothing to do with it.
Here is what we know: according to New York Post columnist Andrea Peyser, a private New York school staged a student production of La Cage aux Folles, the famous Tony-award-winning Broadway play about a gay couple and their meeting with the parents of their son's fiance.
Or as Peyser called it:
. . .a cross-dressing, limp-wristed, gay comic romp whose main characters are a pair of "married" men.
Peyser's column in general is ignorant and goes for the jugular from the beginning:
A Manhattan dad nearly choked on his Wheaties when his 14-year-old son timidly asked:
"Dad, do I have to wear a dress to school?"
No joke. These conversations went on in kitchens and living rooms around the city, as a top school that educates learning-disabled and autistic children staged a student production of La Cage aux Folles -- a cross-dressing, limp-wristed, gay comic romp whose main characters are a pair of "married" men.
As the show packs in adult audiences on Broadway with campy star Kelsey Grammer and a cast of drag queens (right), the kiddie version of La Cage was cooked up by the executive director of Child School, a private institution on Roosevelt Island that takes on youngsters from kindergarten through middle school.
Other than the words of a very nasty columnist, I really don't know what happened here. And if the reports turn out to be as she described, I am NOT defending the school.
The problem I have with Peyer's piece are the comments it encourages, like such:
A big swing back to the right is coming to America because of things like this. Gays, you have the right to do whatever the hell you want to do to yourselves, but now that's not good enough. Kids have to be taught to accept your perversions, and that's not right. Say what you want but being gay is unnatural. Basically it's a crime against nature.
. . . I'm not anti-gay but I don't go nor take my kids to the village gay pride parade every year. I'm not anti-African American but I didn't go to the million man march. This isn't about hate. That's what the left always cries when anyone disagrees with them. This is about standing up for what's right, looking out for kids. Simply put, La Cage is an adult play and not appropriate for 10 to 14 year olds. Hate? This is about Love, loving our kids enough to speak out.
What the hell does the LGBT community in general have to do with this situation other than the fact that the play had LGBT characters? What's with this implication that somehow LGBTs secretly plotted to '"indoctrinate" children into crossdressing?
I'm sure that - barring what the truth may actually be in this case - there are as many LGBT parents as appalled by the staging of the very mature La Cage aux Folles as heterosexual parents.
And that is what reasonable people in general should be concerned about - a mature play being put on by children.
Again please bear in mind that I say "barring what the truth may be," because Peyser seems to be more about inducing shock rather than telling the real story.
Were parents made aware of the play?
Did the school make participants sign permission slips?
Were there changes made to the play to address the fact that children were playing the characters?
You see these are the types of questions which needed to be asked and they would have been asked . . . by a columnist who is up to her job.
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