To see just one reason why fewer and fewer right-of-center Angelenos subscribe to the Los Angeles Times, take a gander at this front page puff piece on a left-wing playwright’s revisioning of Charles Dickens’s Christmas Carol. The story is not even about a play that has been produced, but merely about a script a man has written:
Ebenezer Scrooge is a corporate banker, busy foreclosing on the hapless masses. Bob Cratchit and his beleaguered family live in a chilly tent in an anonymous Occupy encampment. The ghost of Christmas future sports a flowing black robe of taped-together trash bags and plastic sheeting. Tiny Tim dies.
At least that’s how the San Francisco Mime Troupe’s resident playwright, Michael Gene Sullivan, has re-imagined “A Christmas Carol” for the troubled 21st century.
Truth be told, it wasn’t much of a stretch to place Charles Dickens‘ Victorian classic into today’s Occupy world. And that, as Sullivan would be the first to tell you, is exactly the point. Dickens’ novella was written in the heart of the “Hungry ’40s,” a time of labor unrest, unemployment and starvation across 19th century Europe.
Not much of a stretch to place this in today’s Occupy world? Um, what? Hate to inform Mr. Sullivan or Miss La Ganga, the writer of the column, but the folks shivering in Occupy encampments chose to “suffer” in such circumstances. At least those who actually occupied the tents in the various Occupy encampments.
Despite all we’ve learned about these movements and the costs its Los Angeles manifestation incurred on the city Miss La Ganga’s paper serves (which her own paper reported), she still has a rosy few of this outfit. Nowhere in her article does she question the playwright’s idealistic view.
Do wonder if the Times has ever run a front-page puff piece on an unproduced play — or offered such favorable coverage to a conservative artist’s revisioning of a classic work. Perhaps, there is purpose to the paper’s editors choice to feature this play on their front-page–to alert deep-pocketed movers and shakers in the entertainment business to this left-wing script.
FROM THE COMMENTS: Reader T finds another flaw in the script, “Also, Bob Cratchit WORKED for Ebenezer Scrooge. The fact that he WORKED disqualifies Cratchit as being an occupy protestor.”