This blog pertains to all things art related. While I try not to get on a soapbox, or push issues beyond the reach of this blog, it’s hard not to admit the affects of the arts on issues that Do not directly relate. In other words, there are few topics that have not been influenced by the arts in some way.
I discovered recently that someone I know was (or is) of the mindset that while he can accept homosexuals, he wouldn’t want them teaching his children. Take a breath; I’ve needed some time to process this myself. I have so many questions, like: what do you think we would teach them, a better sense of fashion? How to dance, sing, act? How to have a better palette for drinking wine?
All stereotypes and joking aside, my fury turned to humor, turned to curiosity. Let’s take all the homosexuals out of the curriculum and out of the classroom, for argument’s sake. Let’s take away Socrates, Plato, Alexander the Great and Virgil. In fact, let’s rule out any Greek of the ancient world, as they didn’t have strict labels on sexual preference. Let’s get rid of Michelangelo, DaVinci, and Rafael. We need to erase the works of Schubert, Tchaikovsky, Oscar Wilde, Walt Whitman, Benjamin Britten, and Gian Carlo Menotti. If any of these artists are foreign to you, run to your Google page and look them up.
If you are proud to be an American and love American music, too bad. We have to get rid of Aaron Copland, Samuel Barber, Lorenz Hart, Ned Rorem, Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim to name a few. The list goes on and on; many of these profoundly talented, hard-working artists were closeted, and fearful of revealing who they truly were.
If you’re reading this, chances are you already know all this, or see this rant as hyperbolic. I was dumbfounded when I heard that someone could accept homosexuals so long as they don’t teach their children.
There is no longer “gay” culture and “straight” culture, just as much as there is no longer “gay” marriage and “straight” marriage. It’s just culture and marriage.
As two (straight) writers, Rodgers and Hammerstein said in South Pacific:
You’ve got to be taught
To hate and fear,
You’ve got to be taught
From year to year,
It’s got to be drummed
In your dear little ear
You’ve got to be carefully taught.
If you or someone you know is struggling with acceptance, be patient. Somehow people have been taught the wrong lessons; hopefully they can be carefully re-taught by example.