Thursday, September 30, 2010

I don't consider myself a political person...

...really.

And I don't like being around people who also aren't very political, but pretend they are to be in style. (I say this with all respect for President Obama, but I felt like many members of my generation expressed their enthusiasm for him during the election because it was the cool thing to do.)

But, yesterday, I was told that I was too political and that I force my very liberal politics onto other people and let politics get in the way of friendships.

(I am going to pause for a moment and let Matthew Lapierre, who is reading this right now, stop laughing.)

Me?

I was told these things in a very odd exchange, which started all because I told somebody that I am not suspicious of Muslim-Americans since 9/11...and that demonizing them in any way is the same thing that Americans did to Japanese-Americans during World War II.

This person I was talking to said that they can think whatever they want, and that, "It's the same thing I told you right now that I don't support gay marriage...even if it meant I was prejudice...so what? It has nothing to do with you."

Back-up.

Did they really just say, "Even if that meant I was prejudice...so what?"

Prejudice is a "so what" kind of topic?

Really?

Seriously?

What decade is this? What generation are we from? Aren't we supposed to be much more open-minded than our parents and grandparents? Aren't we supposed to learn from previous generations' mistakes, that ignorance, hate and bigotry is bad?

And back-up a little more.

Did they really just say that something that involves about 10 percent of the population and many, many of my close friends had nothing to do with me?

I told this person just that.

And they accused me of forcing my liberal politics down her throat...

I told this person that wanting my friends to have equal rights had nothing to do with politics.

It's just that simple and clear-cut to me.

I must say, this was the first narrow-minded, ignorant person I have come across in a very long time...and instead of being frustrated, I am going to realize just how lucky I am that I can say that.

Thank you, New York City theatre community, which I am so proud to be a part of, and that accepts and celebrates all different kinds of people.

Diana Rissetto