Sally Field Starred In Show That Used Sex With A Goat To Promote Lifestyle Tolerance

Yesterday, Dave Jolly pointed out that high school students were performing a school play about a sexual “affair” with a goat. I shared the story on my Facebook page and was informed by a friend that the disgusting drama is actually worth more consideration.

The Broadway play was about homosexuality being an acceptable lifestyle choice. I dug up this review by Maggie Gallagher from 2002, but I don’t remember conservatives saying much about it. Yet Sally Field starred in the production.

Consider this review of “The Goat, or, Who Is Sylvia?”

Those who’ve never seen the play can rest assured that [Sally] Field and Irwin, while bringing their own interpretation to the roles, fully capture the pain of love under siege. Field’s Stevie is a more vulnerable, more typically average suburban woman, less likely to shout and break dishes than the more elegant and forceful Stevie-à-la-Ruehl. When she does break her first expensive piece of pottery she looks visibly startled at her loss of control. This vulnerability works well in connecting the audience to her despair…

Interestingly, as the audience laughs knowingly at all the early references pointing to the awful truth to come, the brief father-son kiss still brings several loud gasps. Could it be that bestiality isn’t the last taboo for Mr. Albee to use as a means to examine what love can and cannot encompass?…

The revelation is a bombshell, the author’s way of testing the audience’s tolerance. It may bewilder and offend, but if you take the leap into his mindset, you will eventually come to realize that tolerance is the key to the play’s meaning. In a world where the borders between what is “sick” and what is “normal” are constantly eroding, our capacity for tolerance is constantly being tested. Modern, intelligent liberals like Stevie and Martin accept their son’s homosexuality (something still classified as sick in the seventy-year-old Albee’s youth). However, as they grapple with a still closeted taboo, their tolerance of Billy’s sexuality proves itself to be still fraught with reservations. The taboo used to explode the surface of this family’s contentment may also be seen as Albee’s attack on a society so bland that it fosters extreme behavior…

So, if you hear that Conservatives are homophobic to compare homosexual taboos to taboos against bestiality and incest, understand that this play was not produced by a right wing extremist. It wasn’t a Christian movie starring Kirk Cameron. This was a play written and dramatized by liberals for liberals. This is how sophisticated liberals think of how sexual acceptance works.

A man being unfaithful to his wife for another woman, for another man, for his child, or for a goat—if one is permissible why not the other?

If God is dead, everything is permitted, right?