Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Tony Kushner: The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Zionism

"The trustees board of the City University of New York (CUNY) brought to an end an embarrassing row over freedom of expression by voting unanimously to award an honorary degree to the award-winning playwright Tony Kushner.
"A firestorm was ignited last week when a single trustee, Jeffrey Wiesenfeld, launched an attack on the Jewish playwright on the grounds that he was not sufficiently pro-Israel. The intervention blocked the award of the degree which would normally have been routine..." The Guardian.

Here's Tony Kushner's lengthy, impassioned, rational response to the original decision in The Jewish Week.
“This has been an incredibly ugly experience, that a great public university would make a decision based on slanderous mischaracterizations without giving the person in question a chance to be heard. I’m sickened that this is happening in New York City. Shocked, really.”
Kushner is not the only gay New Yorker to come under attack for daring to criticise Israel.
In March New York's LGBT Center cancelled a benefit gig organised by Israeli Apartheid Week after a row manufactured by gay Neo-Con cunt Michael Lucas.
Last year Queers Against Israeli Apartheid were banned from taking part in Pride Toronto.
Some things appear to be unsayable in north American Gayland.
Exhuming McCarthy...
And some things are unreportable in the UK - some gay journalists are too busy writing glowing reports about free holidays in Israel that were paid for by the Israeli government.
Just sayin'...

Tony Kushner's The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism With a Key to the Scriptures has just opened off-Broadway to so-so reviews.
"Kushner’s talent for self-criticism is endearing, but what his wise, challenging and heartbroken play really needs is a tough editor" - LA Times

Here's Tony talking to Amy Goodman on Democracy Now today about CUNY and iHomo...

Transcript here.


  1. He should edit that title for starters!

  2. I like that poster.
    want one!