Bill Maher has talked about it a lot on his show as well. To paraphrase: maybe America has the governemnt it deserves because when you get right down to it, we're just not a good people, plain and simple.When I think about the conversations of diversity and such matters, I've been thinking about this piece in the Financial Times by Steven Hill (h/t Matt Yglesias) and what it says about our Senate that it in no way, shape or form represents the electorate, and yet there it is. Not to mention the fact that it's no longer working properly, but, in order to get it working properly, the members need to vote themselves into having less power. Which is never going to happen.
There's something similar between the state of the Senate and the state of our large theatre institutions. They are both, by and large, run by the most conservative portions of our populace, increasingly entrenched and beholden to interests with limited focus and yet constantly tasked with doing "the best thing" for as many people as possible. I may be inflating the importance a bit, but I think the connection holds. And I think it also goes part of the way to the answer to Isaac's question. Can we sue the Senate for not being representative? Theoretically, we all play a part in that, since these are public institutions. I'm not saying that in actuality, our theatres are public institutions and I have a say, but I wonder if the thinking holds true. That, since we're not members or donors, we have no control over it, the way people say if you don't vote, you can't complain. I don't know. Maybe it all breaks down. But I think it's part of it.
Or maybe I'm just equally pissed at the U.S. Senate (and most of our "democratic" institutions right now) as I am at moribund theatres.