In May, Pennsylvania became one of 19 U.S. states to allow real-life gay marriage. But one local Pennsylvanian school district hasn’t quite mustered up the courage to allow it onstage.
School officials in the small town of South Williamsport, Pa., are finding it hard to look on the bright side of life after they canceled the high school musical production of Spamalot, and then lied about their homophobic reasons for doing so.
"I am not comfortable with Spamalot and its homosexual themes,” Principal Jesse Smith wrote to the local drama teacher when he canceled a teen-friendly performance of the hit Monty Python musical over its gay content.
But after the drama teacher went public, the school superintendent swooped in to deny Smith’s statements had ever been made.
Choosing Modern Family over OITNB is a particularly bitter pill to swallow, since it’s almost as if Emmy voters are saying they’re in favor of progress, as long as there isn’t too much progress at once. In 2009, Modern Family signified an undoubted achievement for diversity on television. But in 2014—when 19 states allow gay marriage, when people are swarming the streets of Ferguson in protest, when rape on college campuses has gotten so bad that the White House is involved—that achievement seems rather minor. Modern Family is somewhat progressive, but unlike Orange, it isn’t groundbreaking.