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Subject: Re: Cultural controversy swirls around Seattle Opera’s ‘Madame Butter fly’
From: Katalin Mitchell <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Katalin Mitchell <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Thu, 3 Aug 2017 15:46:02 -0400
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No, you are right on the money... sooner or later someone will be outraged...
K

> On Aug 3, 2017, at 1:51 PM, Les Mitnick <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> 
> 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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