Stop Inviting Hedy Weiss To Your Productions
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The Chicago theater community is comprised of a diverse group of artists who have worked hard to create a safe, healthy environment to practice art in.
Over the last few years especially, we have joined together to make it clear that inappropriate language or behavior does not have a place within our community, and that prejudice of any kind will not stand.
Hedy Weiss, theater critic for the Chicago Sun-Times, has proven that she is not willing to work with us to create a positive environment. She has proven this repeatedly with the racism, homophobia, and body shaming found in her reviews. She has proven this by never, not once, apologizing to a party injured by her words.
Since we believe that it is the duty of everyone in our community to uphold our very high standard for conduct, we formally request that your company not invite Hedy Weiss to the run of any present or future productions.
To be clear, we are not calling for a ban on Ms. Weiss attending performances. We are simply requesting that she not be given a ticket for free. If she wishes to present her damaging views, we ask that she pay for the privilege.
Those of us who believe your action is necessary would greatly appreciate your support in our effort to make sure that the integrity of our community is preserved.
Thank you for your attention to this matter, and we hope that you agree to stand in solidarity with the artists that you work with and employ.
The Chicago Theater Accountability Coalition
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