Anyway, Hatch must have gotten a call from the bishopric, because he dialed that thing all the way back a few days later.


"Earlier this week in an unplanned hallway interview with CNN, I made comments about allegations against the President that were irresponsible and a poor reflection on my lengthy record of dedication to the rule of law,"


Well, ok. Nobody’s perfect.


Speaking of Nobody’s Perfection...

The New Braunfels Theater Company is licking its public relations wounds after committing a rather substantial fumble with the audition notice for its production of... wait for it... “The Vagina Monologues”.


Now, I know what you’re thinking. Who thought that particular show would be appropriate for the New Braunfels theater fanbase? This one is hardcore, left-wing political theater. It’s theater for theater people, not casual, entertainment-oriented audiences. Plus “Vagina” in the title.




The audition notice solicited participation from, uh, “shemales”.


If you’re unfamiliar with that term, it’s how trans-gender women are referred to in pornography and other disparaging environments. Remember, in New Braunfels, the attempted murder of a trans woman went unpunished by the district attorney, specifically because she was a “non-traditional victim”. (Our coverage of that fiasco is in July's First Word.)


And, suddenly, Orrin Hatch wasn’t the only one dialing back.


We would like to offer our sincerest apologies and deepest regret at the ignorant language we used in a previous post. We ask that you give us the opportunity to show that we reject TERFism here at NB Theatre Company, and invite you to come participate in our Vagina Monologues auditions.

“We will learn from our mistakes and take your feedback to heart. We'd also like to thank the LGBTQIA+ members and allies who brought this to our attention. Your voices are heard. Please continue to help us learn where the gaps in our knowledge are and how to fill them so we can be the allies and support system the LGBTQIA+ community deserves.

Thank you for supporting us and we will do better.”


Ok, fine. You came back with a jargon-filled apology (All the way to “IA+”!) to show that you’re both sorry AND super liberal. But this unforced error is prima facie evidence that maybe y’all ain’t hep enough to be pushing something this edgy.


I mean, are you really up to doing this show justice? The answer to that question is also found in the audition notice, because, believe it or not, we haven’t gotten to the worst of the artistic crimes. Readers, hold on to your proverbial hats...


There is a call for “triple threats”.


For the record, a triple threat is not a euphemism for a uniquely-equipped participant in a specific act of physical love between adventurous adults, although after the shemale thing you could not be blamed for staking out that ground. No, in theater, anyway, a triple threat is someone who can act, dance, and sing.


“The Vagina Monologues” is not a musical.


“The Vagina Monologues” is not a musical.


“The Vagina Monologues” is not a musical.


Hey, nobody’s perfect.

Here's that video of Bush 41 throwing up on the Prime Minister of Japan again. Never gets old.

Friends With Benefits

Emily’s Elves are back at it, collecting donations of new, unwrapped toys for kids who might come up a little short this Christmas. There’s a big ol’ box over to the Prickly Pear Lounge at the NB Ramada that we can fill up with sweet holiday goodness, so let’s do that. If you’d rather throw cash at the elves’ Christmas dinner donation program (feeds 500!), you can do that with a click click click right HERE. 


This is one of the all-time great local charities, and your contributions stay right here in the NB, helping out our friends and neighbors.



Mike Reynolds