Thursday, 11 June 2009

WTF? A bizarre follow-up to my posts on gay-themed theatre play in Vanadzor, Armenia

Remember that gay-themed theatre play MetastaZ I posted about? The one which then received theatrical awards including for “best young director” in an annual theatre award ceremony in Yerevan.

After almost a year I first posted the info & videos, now the “best young director” (award received for that very play) and the main actress feel ‘ashamed’ and ‘outraged’ of publicity after my posts and videos. They asked me (I am not sure what was the exact wording they used) - through other people involved in the play - to delete my posts and videos. I doubt they understand English, otherwise they would have read my posts properly and understand that there were no X-rated comments there, unless you consider as ‘X-rated’ positive and nice things said about the play. Unless you consider as ‘X-rated’ any gay related blog. Bear in mind that the play itself was gay-themed.

I have only one question: WTF is going on?

You write the gay-themed play, you participate in it, you receive prizes for it, and now (after quite a while, I have to say) you are ashamed and outraged of the info being published in gay blogs? You are ashamed and outraged to be seen in a scene (which one of you directed and the other one played in) with a gay kiss? In fact, back then, they were very happy and thankful that the videos were made.

But the most ridiculous thing is the following. One of the reasons why they want the videos to be deleted is the actress’s boyfriend dislike that she is dancing there for everyone to see. I cannot even comment on this. This is beyond me. Why on earth she became an actress, and why on earth he is dating an actress if cannot stand an innocent dance during the play?..

You know what, I do not need your videos. You should ask me to keep them here. From today onwards all three uploaded to YouTube videos are private and will no longer be available to public. (there is no such possibility re one video clip uploaded directly to the blogger, so it will stay) Now it’s your turn, Ms. “best young director” Nune Khechumyan. What about giving up the “best young director” award? Слабо?

And one more thing. Re my blog posts, no one can dictate me of what I should and should not write on my blog. I can comment on any event I feel like it or find appropriate. That’s not your f* business.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

You show them, Mika!

Christopher said...

You go girl! Tell it like it is, Mika and the Lord will set you free. Amen. And I am agnosic...

Summer School for Curators, Yerevan said...

Don't delete, please....

iddewes said...

Yeah, you tell'em!
That really is weird! That woman's boyfriend must be a complete nutcase. :(

Hrag said...

It probably shows up too high on Google searches...a credit to how great and popular your blog is.

It's one thing to write & direct a small play in Vanadzor but it's another thing to have it show up as #1 (or 2 or 3) when your friends Google you. As someone who blogs under a pseudonym I'd think you'd understand that.

artmika said...

Thanks, guys.

Hrag, I am very sensitive about such issues. There have been several instances, when I’ve amended my posts upon requests of individuals concerned.

I do not think that director of the gay-themed play - who got awarded for that at national level - should have behaved that way. She is not just an ordinary person. She (and the actress) did not have decency of writing me a civilised email and explaining personal circumstances, if any. I may have disagreed with them under such circumstances but would have tried to meet all reasonable requests.