Here's what happened
Feb 18, 2020 —
What a few days it has been. Hours before our protest last Thursday, West Side Story came out with a statement defending Amar. They said that his behavior happened in another place, so it doesn't matter. They said the entire “company” stands with Amar. And here's what happened next:
- Hours later, we have the most energetic protest yet – every audience member had to walk by us as they entered the theatre.
- Then West Side Story sends a correction to press, it’s not the “company” that stands with Amar. It's the “management.” (Side eye…)
- Over the three-day weekend, 20,000 more people add their signature to this petition. WOW.
- On Sunday, 60 Minutes does a story on the production. They talk about our protests and what Amar did, and Bill Whitaker asks lead producer Scott Rudin about it. He says, “I don't excuse it. I think what he did was really stupid." The question remains: WHY did you hire him in the first place?
- And today, a supporter of Amar has made a fake email address to impersonate me. (It’s email@example.com.) This person is contacting the press pretending to be me, saying that I want to call off the protests. Hard to imagine that someone would stoop to this level to protect a sexual predator, but here we are. Don’t worry, I’ve already followed Google’s instructions and reported the email address to the FBI.
So...I’d say that statement from West Side Story backfired, don’t you think?
We have created incredible momentum leading up to opening night, which is THIS THURSDAY. I’m coming to the city for the protest – can you join us? It’s a really powerful feeling to stand outside that theatre and protest in solidarity with people like you. We’re making it clear that we won’t stand by while powerful institutions justify abuse.
Thursday, February 20
Broadway Theatre: 1681 Broadway, in New York City
Even if you can’t join us in person, stay tuned for actions you can take over the next few days.
Thank you all so much.
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