27 February 2006
Danish cartoons put the mockers on those whose dissent disturbs the peace. Valley of the Wolves is simply going to disturb the peace - although it does point to the hypocrisy of our stable values. This weekend I saw The Merchant of Venice. Political correctness insults our intelligence when it fears that we will grow anti-semitic from watching this play. But then again, perhaps we are pretty stupid. The AFTLS performance I saw portrayed Shylock as a product of his society that hated him into hostility. You can't punish people for the folly of endogamous marriage. However, you can and should crucify the kids who answered their cellphones in the theatre and had a chat.