Tuesday, October 14, 2008

I challenge Jason Grote to a debate

Apparently I unknowingly stormed Jason Grote's Fortress with the awful might of my mildly dissenting opinions and now he's threatening to keep me from commenting on his blog.

Don't worry Jason, I won't attempt to cross your moat again - I've caused you enough stress already.

But nothing annoys me more than contributing to the interest factor of someone's blog with some mild debate - not to mention references to interesting studies - and then being told to STFU for my efforts.

So I challenged him to debate me on the sexism in theatre issue as well as the Hillary was the victim (in part) of sexism issue.

I need to expand my horizons eh? Condescend much?

If I had known you found *mildly* dissenting opinions objectionable I would have never contributed here. I had this delusion your were hip liberal dude.

Luckily, I have my own blog and am not a prisoner of your moderation purgatory.

You're welcome to come and debate me on my own blog any time - I have no plans to censor you - I don't need to - I can out-debate you on any of these topics, any time.

I don't expect a response - a theatre establishment insider has nothing to gain by debating - and losing to - me.

Really, I guess it's my own fault for not guessing that someone who calls his blog a "fortress" might be a bit on the defensive side.


Grote's predictable response:
...I'm going to close the comments now because I think this is a meaningless argument and I've got better things to do. Luckily for you, you've got the entire rest of the internet to tell everyone what a big ol' Nazi I am. Keep on sticking it to the man!


UPDATE - Grote removed all my posts on the comments section so the link above no longer shows the text of the entire tempest in a teapot. However, I suspected that he would do just that, and so I saved an image of the original exchange. Not that anybody really cares. But it was a most enlightening experience. Maybe I'll turn it into a play.


One more thing - I just discovered that Grote is a facebook friend of Edward Einhorn. Now it all makes sense...

DEFINITE FINAL UPDATE - coincidentally I suddenly have an influx of visitors from people googling my name. Some appear to be visiting me from their workplace - the name of their company is often displayed in my web statistics. And not a one of them has bothered to click the link for "The Strange Case of Edward Einhorn v. Mergatroyd Productions." Really people, that's the most interesting thing about me, for those of you who are involved in theatre, anyway. Although I hope you also read my theatre essays. Apparently some people find my opinions on that topic incredibly objectionable.