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Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Exodus: The Conclusion

posted by on April 24 at 16:06 PM

For those of you following the Mike Daisey vs. angry Christians saga, you can read its conclusion here.


Daisey hunts down the “Christians” who were actually from a public high school in Norco, California: “the people in charge freely identified themselves as a Christian group, until reporters call and they remember they are from a public high school.”

An administrator at the school says that they had to evacuate their students after Daisey said “fuck” (even though they were told when they bought tickets that the show contained adult language) because of, uh, safety:

she insisted it was a “safety issue”, and that “we had to get our students out of there.” There was no discussion of language or appropriateness—it had become a safety issue, as though the students were in danger of being physically assaulted. I think it is tremendously chilling that the language of the war on terror, the language of security, has been appropriated for even this—we can’t even begin a dialogue about what is and is not appropriate, because it has all become a “safety” issue. That ends a conversation before it has even begun.

Daisey talks to the angry jackass who splashed Daisey’s table and notes with water: “His name is David… He has three kids—one is 21, and two are 17—and he’s terrified of the world.”

And then they start talking about God…

(Check here to watch the video of the original incident.)

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That little fucker who poured the water best get expelled.

Posted by karst | April 24, 2007 4:31 PM

Mike Daisey is an honorable man. I couldn't have done that. Even after the whole process, I couldn't have done that, seriously engaged and then ultimately forgiven the guy. I'm humbled by how he handled that situation.

Posted by Fnarf | April 24, 2007 4:32 PM

Whoops. Should read: That grown up fucker best get charged with defacing property.

Posted by karst | April 24, 2007 4:34 PM

My favorite line in the whole saga: "I want you to remember that a liberal atheist has forgiven you today. I don't want you to ever forget that, as long as you live."

Posted by Brendan Kiley | April 24, 2007 4:38 PM

Beat me to it, Brendan. Hells to the yeah. I never had much of an opinion on Mr. Daisey, but now he's my goddamn hero.

Posted by Levislade | April 24, 2007 4:45 PM

Evidentlly, his fan base is growing by the second, if the number of comment posts on YouTube is any indication.

Obama/Daisey '08!

Posted by COMTE | April 24, 2007 4:49 PM

that is amazing. i'd really like to hear david's side of the story out of sheer curiousity: what impact did have on him? if none, it certainly has effected others. mike handled this in a way i'd hope to handle it if faced with anything near it.

i'd say he was the better man, but last time i did dirge took issue with me.

Posted by infrequent | April 24, 2007 5:19 PM

Man, this incident pissed me off, so it was nice to read this conclusion.

I'm with Fnarf - Mike handled this like a mensch. As a liberal atheist, I couldn't be more proud. I'm looking forward to seeing him live sometime.

Posted by Sean | April 24, 2007 5:32 PM

I remember when I was a highschool theatre/choir geek, our teachers drummed into our heads the idea of respect for the performer and the theatre.

It's too bad these teachers are clearly teaching their students very, very different values.

Posted by arduous | April 24, 2007 6:32 PM

I couldn't help looking this place up (Norco, CA)... even though it's right next to Anaheim and Riverside, it's a "horse community" where there are no sidewalks -- just roads and horse trails. The town's motto is "City Living in a Rural Atmosphere." Apparently the school mascot is the cougar.

The wikipedia and wikimapia entries are a little bare for such an exciting place.

Posted by jamier | April 24, 2007 8:15 PM

Doesn't it seem at least a little odd that this "Christian group" from California was attending his show in Mass., completely across the country? Did they travel across the country just to make some sort of statement?

Posted by sam | April 25, 2007 7:35 AM

Norco is the Coalinga of southern California, in the sense that when driving by it on Interstate 15, you should close the car windows, or else you'll puke from the smell of shit everywhere.

Posted by matthew fisher wilder | April 25, 2007 9:26 AM

nor does said assumption infringe on my liberties or demean me

Posted by summertime | April 25, 2007 10:13 AM

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