To prove once again that leftists are simply lying when they whine about wanting a “new tone” in America’s political discourse, to show that what they really mean by “new tone” is that conservatives should be afraid to say anything — and should just shut up over the fear of seeming gauche — while liberals can be as vile and violent as they like, we turn to the Missoula Children’s Theater in Missoula, Montana.

In the Rocky Mountains of western Montana we find that a director of a production of the venerable Gilbert and Sullivan stage play, “The Mikado,” decided it would be funny to add a little extra, modern reference to his production for all the kiddeis to enjoy. That little extra touch didn’t sit well with a member of the audience, though.

To vent his frustration on that little flourish, Mr. Rory Page decided to send a letter to the editor of the Missoulian.

Open letter to MCT director Curt Olds:

First I would like to compliment you and the entire staff of “The Mikado” on the beautiful sets, costuming and professional performance we experienced on Sunday, Jan. 23. However, I must call you on something that was inserted into the play which I am almost positive was not in the original book.

The comments made in such a cavalier and oh-so-humorous way were uncalled for. Now, I realize you play to a mostly liberal audience in Missoula and so, I am sure, felt comfortable in your calling for the beheading of Sarah Palin. I am painfully aware that most in the audience tittered with laughter and clapped because “no one would miss her” but there were some in your audience who took great offense to this “uncivil tone” about another human being.

We are in the midst of a crisis that took place in Tucson where many started pointing fingers at that horrible right wing with all their hatred and targeting and standing for the second amendment and on and on and on. So, here we are in a lovely play with beautiful voices serenading us and we have to hear that it is okay to call for the killing of Sarah Palin because we don’t like her and no one would miss her. Unbelievable.

As a professional you should be ashamed of yourself, the audience should be ashamed of themselves and I am ashamed of myself for not standing up and leaving at that very moment. I would like to see an apology from you not because I want to hinder free-speech but for the hypocrisy this so clearly shows.

Ah, there we have it. That little flourish added by this nice, new tone lefty children’s theater director in Missoula was a joke about beheading Sarah Palin. It’s hilarious, no? A scream, no doubt.

Of course, what a reference to beheading Sarah Palin is doing in a play written in 1885 featuring a story set in medieval Japan is anybody’s guess. But, hey, we have that wonderful new tone and everything going for us still, right?


Michael McGill, the Director of the Missoula Community Theater has apologized for the violent rhetoric of beheading Sarah Palin contained in his theater’s production of “The Mikado.” (download copy of letter HERE)

The apology reads:

I am sorry that the satirical reference to Sarah Palin has offended some of our patrons. Gilbert & Sullivan were well-known as satirists, addressing the social and cultural issues of their day—aristocracy, government, etc…. Some of the lyrics performed in The Mikado around the country today reflect the issues and topics of our time. We know that “MCT” means many things to many people—and we are blessed with passionate, loyal audiences, here in Missoula and around the world. In this instance, however, we are talking about an MCT Community Theatre production (not to be confused with a Missoula Children’s Theatre production). Although MCT Community Theatre did not pen the lyrics that were found to be offensive, we have taken the action of removing them from this production. It is my hope that the audiences will appreciate the hard work, artistry and beauty within this MCT Community Theatre production of The Mikado.

Could it be that “civility” really IS a double edged sword? Could it be that these lefties are suddenly realizing that they can’t just use that wunnerful “new tone” as a weapon against conservatives but otherwise to be ignored? Could the cold, hard reality that THEY should also be held to the “new tone” be dawning on them? Probably not.

Interesting, eh?

(H/T RP reader Micky and the The Flint Report blog.)