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re: Where did I say I agreed with ALW's views on this latest news?
Last Edit: bway1430 03:03 am EDT 06/11/21
Posted by: bway1430 03:00 am EDT 06/11/21
In reply to: Must be nice to live in such a black and white world - MockingbirdGirl 08:38 am EDT 06/10/21

I actually agree that it would be wrong of him to push for an opening if the data suggests that it would be a dangerous decision. But that wasn't my point.

Its the automatic cancelling of somone based on their politics or on a decision that isn't widely popular that bothers me. If he were to actually press ahead with this nonsense I would be very disappointed. But I wouldn't wish him to "rot in jail" or consider him "an embarrassment of a man". I would simply say his passions and desires have overuled the common sense God gave him. Others will call it greed based on their long-held biases and more than just a little arrogance when it comes to anything ALW. They made up their minds some time ago that he was an irredeemable ass who should "rot in jail". Then again, if ALW could turn water into wine they would accuse him of promoting alcoholism. Its that simple.

But lets look at the facts here. ALW would never get away with it even if he tried. Should he be arrogant enough to press ahead, the law would intervene in this matter and no actor would be forced to work in a dangerous environment. If they were, that could lead to a string of lawsuits that nobody would go near. And if UK employment laws do not cover it, I am sure British Equity will. As for audiences, it would be hard to get past the locked doors and into the theatre. The law is the law here. If the govt says you can't open, you won't. Period. So the chances of an audience sitting down to watch the show and actors being forced to perform it in violation of CVD restrictions are next to zero. ALW likely knows this. Nobody will be arrested. Nobody will be put at risk. But raising a stink does make headlines, even if they aren't necessarily favourable ones.

So before you blast anyone else for having "black and white" views please think again. My original post did not side with ALW on the issue, it merely made the point that cancelling someone as an "embarrassment of a man" was ridiculous when you measure the full value of his contributions to theatre that go far beyond writing musicals. It is also a bit silly to assume that shows will carry on with a packed house in violation of covid laws and with actors/theatre staff in danger. That is a most unlikely scenario.
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