Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Waiting for Mamdouh

Anyone in the arts world knows just how politically correct and leftie-dominated it is. If you point out this very obvious bias in conversation with other arty types, they generally try to change the subject because they don't want to be reminded of it. If they are doctrinaire bolshies (usually the case) they quickly get annoyed and do a lot of eye rolling and derisive snorting. Much like the journos at the ABC they deny the bias, claiming that it's a very diverse culture and that only a reactionary right winger would say otherwise - which is actually confirmation that the bias exists!

This politically correct culture is relentless and all-pervasive. Here's just another example of it (not that there aren't enough of these already!): A short play about the incarceration of Mamdouh Habib (starring Habib himself) is being performed at NIDA, and it's getting a lot of publicity.

Can you imagine a play being shown that presents the other side of the argument; one that asks us to sympathise with an Aussie or American soldier fighting against terrorism? Or one that defends anti-terrorism legislation?

Of course, you will never see such a thing in this country. It would never receive any funding in the first place (at least not from the Government). And if this were done privately, it would be hard to find a theatre in which to perform it. Also, actors, directors and backstage workers would be wary of being involved, fearful of being tarred as conservative for their involvement.

Even if such a project got up and running, it would receive very little press coverage, too - except perhaps the vicious condemnation of the people who created it.

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