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Subject: Re: Cultural controversy swirls around Seattle Opera’s ‘Madame Butter fly’
From: Les Mitnick <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Les Mitnick <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Thu, 3 Aug 2017 12:51:33 -0500
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Does this mean that a charming opera like "L'Italiana in Algeri" is destined to be criticized by Muslims because it depicts Mustafa as a bumbling and gullible yokel???????????????    Just a thought,

> 
>     On August 3, 2017 at 12:26 PM "Max D. Winter" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> 
>     This is insane. Exactly the sort of PC idiocy discussed in the Nordlinger article I posted the
>     other day. For those who didn't read it, here it is:
> 
>     http://www.nationalreview.com/article/442580/killing-aida-fatal-clash-art-identity-politics
> 
>     Nordlinger writes:
> 
>     "Art is in conflict with identity politics. You can have one or the other. You cannot have both.
>     Art is universal; identity politics is particular. Art is generous, inclusive — come one, come
>     all; identity politics is exclusive, often meanly so."
> 
>     More specifically to the point:
> 
>     "More recently, there have been cries in America against “cultural appropriation.” What does
>     that mean? For an answer, I turn, as usual, to Wikipedia: “the adoption or use of elements
>     of one culture by members of another culture.” Formerly, that was thought of as good:
>     open-minded, world-embracing, liberal."
> 
>     No more, apparently.
> 
>     Question: Do I, as an American, get to have my own hissy fit over Puccini's "cultural
>     appropriation" of the American West in "Fanciulla del West?" (Actually, common sense and
>     a reluctance to embarrass myself would keep me from having such a hissy fit, but I pose
>     the question anyway.)
> 
>     When I hear someone whining about "cultural appropriation," particularly in connection with
>     art, I want to tell the whiner to shove it up their grievance-ridden backside and stop
>     demanding that everyone else cater to their delicate sensibilities. These are people with too
>     much time on their hands and not enough of importance on their minds. And the self-
>     abasing, guilt-ridden virtue signaling from opera managements like Seattle's is no less
>     irritating.
> 
>     MDW
> 
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