Social Issues of Rent
At a school assembly last week, the cast of the upcoming musical performed a song in order to promote their show. The musical that was chosen to be performed this year is Rent. I think anyone would agree that they are a talented group of individuals who have been working very hard in preparation of opening night, coming up in a few short weeks. If the whole performance is up to the standards of the song they sang at the assembly, then it is going to be an amazing show. However, there are members of the community who are opposed to it, because of the controversial subject matter. It tells the story of a group of artists and musicians living in New York City, struggling with poverty, drugs, and AIDS. Currently there is a blog for people who think it is too inappropriate for a high school setting.
... by having teenagers perform Rent, a Broadway musical that wallows in corruption and depravity, as part of a campaign to mainstream homosexuality among youth. Appallingly, it will be staged by Judge Memorial Catholic High School in Salt Lake City. We've got our backs to the wall if kids aren't safe from degenerate brainwashing at a Catholic school in conservative Utah.
Over the weekend the cast and crew were to participate in an AIDS Foundation event in hopes of generating publicity. Needless to say, anyone who really wanted to fight AIDS would stop encouraging children to experiment with homosexuality.
The part I want to point out is in the first sentence, where it says performing Rent is "part of a campaign to mainstream homosexuality among youth." The rest of the blog contains countless derogatory statements towards homosexuals, along with arguments for why homosexuality is inherently wrong and sinful. One person even explains that this kind of exposure is the reason they home school their kids. I think this kind of opposition is excessive. By performing Rent, the school is not promoting and encouraging homosexuality. Someone else commented that we were "a bunch of left wing propaganda artists." Again, I would disagree. We are raising awareness of certain social issues that exist. It would be ignorant to go through life pretending otherwise, and I think high schoolers are mature enough to decide for themselves what they think of certain issues without being brainwashed. if you don't think you can handle the reality and the mature themes, don't go see the musical.