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Subject: Re: Madama Butterfly
From: Tom Frey <[log in to unmask]>
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Date:Sun, 11 Jun 2017 19:13:00 -0400
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I suggest that all copies, DVD's  Etc. of the film " Gone with the Wind" be destroyed for the way the film shows stereotyped portrayals of  blacks and the was the film portrays the white Southerners as bigots. Think it will work?
----- Original Message -----
From: Marc Shepherd <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Sun, 11 Jun 2017 18:34:24 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Madama Butterfly

Such complaints are growing louder and more frequent with each passing
year. If this is your first time encountering one of them, I can
practically guarantee it will not be your last.

In the United States, there have numerous complaints in the last several
years about Gilbert & Sullivan's *The Mikado*. In New York, a few years
back, protesters were able to force cancellation of a professional
production. The production was re-scheduled a couple of seasons later with
new sets and costumes and a partially rewritten libretto. In San Francisco,
protesters forced a local semi-pro company to re-set the opera in
Renaissance Italy, with the name character becoming “The Ducato of Milan.”

*The Mikado* is not *Butterfly*, but the ideas animating the protests are
much the same, and as time goes on we are likely to see more.

On Sat, Jun 10, 2017 at 11:11 PM, Genevieve Castle Room <
[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Malina Gulino wrote:
> I don't think I've ever seen such an extreme reaction to Madama Butterfly.
>
> Is anyone here on the side of this obviously, and self-consciously,
> over-the-top commentator in thinking of Butterfly as a Western man?
>


-- 
Marc Shepherd
New York, NY

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