For John, BLUF: Sometimes it is tough to be an individual. Nothing to see here; just move along.
This is a convoluted issue. Blogger Ann Althouse talks to us about someone being fired from The Vagina Monologues. In this case, Ms Maria Conchita Alonso.♠ It turns out she was in a "Tea Party" Advertisement out in California. From the Althouse blog:
In the ad — which we talked about here — she said, expressing antagonism toward big government — "We’re screwed." She said it in Spanish. "The Vagina Monologues" production was also to be in Spanish. I don't know how to say "screwed" or "vagina" in Spanish, but the producer of the show, Eliana Lopez, wife of San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, said: "We really cannot have her in the show, unfortunately."Is this part of the theory that The Personal is the Political?
Professor Althouse captures the issue here:
If you're a member of a minority group and you speak in a setting that seems to be conveying the message — politically leveraging the message — that you are a typical member of that group, you will attract criticism, and that criticism can also be criticized.If you define yourself solely in terms of your minority status, you can't be anyone else, because they will keep dragging you back in. Or is that only if you are Sicilian?
Regards — Cliff
♠ Who famously called Actor Sean Penn a "Communist". All he did was call her a pig.