Dr. William Reber is not to blame for the recent "risque" performance and should not "take responsibility" (Landes P5) as an "Arts Leader" (See Update)

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David Greene
7 years ago
Although I find the performance involved in "La Vie Boheme" to be quite lewd and risqué myself, this is not sufficient reason to justify censorship of it, especially when performed by young adults. Even if this is the case, there is no reash for Dr. William Reber to resign from his position, most especially since he was not even directly involved in the planning of this performance, let alone the performance itself. If this were some unknown performance which involved sexually suggestive elements, or if it was performed by children, there may be some validity to demands for censorship, but even then an individual in Dr. Reber's position should not be pressured to resign.

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John T Brady
7 years ago
We should NEVER interfere with or restrict the artistic expression of artists! PERIOD

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John Ruane
7 years ago
Aside from artistic endeavors as having always been viewed as a meditation upon and representation (re-presentation) of truth as it already presents within a given community at any given point in history, RENT itself has, and will always be, a performance meant to inspire communities through edgy and, perhaps, "lewd" and "risque" truths that permeate the culture of its artistic origin. If the problem is censorship, perhaps one aught to turn away from the arts community and seek higher standards of censorship at the level of general media. We don't fire writers for being honest, we don't fire politicians for being unseemly, why should we allow Creative Directors to resign based on feelings of guilt that should or should not permeate an entire nation?

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Christian Bjornnes
7 years ago
If we do not have free expression (especially in the artistic community) then we will slowly turn into a Gattica-like society. I do not want to live in that kind of society. Open-mindedness and acceptance are what this country was founded on.

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Miriam Snyder
7 years ago
"La Vie Boheme" is an amazing song, and a great one to start dialogue. While I cannot speak to this particular group's rendition of it, I WILL say that I first saw it performed when I was 14. This was the dawn of the internet, and not knowing what a lot of the things mentioned in the song, I looked them up. My children, much younger than high-school age, have listened to this song for years and have seen videos of it performed. It has been a great way to talk to them about free expression. It is the sole reason they knew who Maya Angelou was when she passed away last week.

No one should step down, or feel the need to step down for this song being performed for people. It's art, not porn.

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kim cantor
7 years ago
ASU is an public educational institution and to force a resignation of Dr. Reber is censorship at its worse. Please reinstate Dr. Reber!

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Melissa Redleaf MD
7 years ago
I am the mom of a 17 year old daughter. I think this performance was totally appropriate for the age groupmorethanmem@gmail.comeople who weren't comfortable were able to quietly leave.

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Katrina Lemens
7 years ago
As a teacher, artist and lover of new innovative art that pushes us to think, feel, disagree and engage with each other.

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Erica Tillman
7 years ago
Art must not be censored.

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tifani pust
7 years ago
Speaking as a MFA graduate from ASU, I feel strongly that we must create informed audiences who are aware enough to take responsibility for what they are about to see- and not place blame on others.