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February 02, 2023
High School musical featuring Jesus Christ and a song about an erection gets canceled. Outrage ensues.
I am once again wondering this morning why nothing can just be normal anymore. When I was in high school, the musicals were ' The Little Mermaid' or maybe 'The Wizard of Oz.' Now everything is gay. Literally.
Case in point: Cardinal High School in Ohio just had its spring musical canceled that was supposed to be shown to Middle Schoolers. The show was canceled over its inclusion of two male gay parent characters and a cameo from Jesus Christ. The school board was also concerned over a song titled 'My Unfortunate Erection.' Such prudes.
Cardinal High School's musical organizers claim they rewrote this song to be kid-friendly, instead titled, "My Unfortunate Distraction." See, the character was merely facing an inconvenient distraction...in the form of an erection. Totally appropriate.
\u201cCardinal school board abruptly halts high school musical due to 'vulgarity' in play https://t.co/zf6W7GAnsd\u201d— News 5 Cleveland (@News 5 Cleveland) 1675263900
The musical, 'The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,' features a fictional spelling bee of six "quirky" contestants and three "quirky" adult organizers. The erection in question occurs when one of the young contestants is distracted by another female contestant. And Jesus Christ appears after a Catholic child prays for help.
The decision to cancel the show was met with some backlash from the community. The school board stood by its decision, however, and said anyone alleging discrimination is "mistaken." The district claimed the musical was never approved by the board and they received a parental complaint in early January over the "vulgar" themes.
Mandi Matchinga, the musical's assistant director and mother of the lead, defended the show, claiming, 'Theater is about making you think about things and making you question things and thinking critically.' I'm not quite sure how one can "think critically" about an erection. But that's just me.
Matchinga also plans to confront the school board over their decision at an upcoming meeting, and wants to ask: "What is vulgar? What exactly are the issues you have with this show, and can we sit and come to some sort of compromise and agreement?"
I'm gonna take a wild guess here and say the problem is the song about a penis. And also maybe the Jesus Christ cameo. Just a shot in the dark.
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