I find bigots to be rather humorous, until they become dangerous. Scott Rose is one of those. He hates the Catholic Church. Evidently he hates Christians. He hates Russia, and he hates Anna Netrebko. Okay, we get that. Evidently he now wants to destroy anyone who has anything to do with Russia because of the new anti-gay laws. There is one little caveat here, that needs to be stated, very quickly. Scott Rose is an opera freak. Trust me, it takes one, to know one. Considering his rave reviews of certain voices at the Met, I suspect we completely disagree on the human voice. That’s an opera thing. So is his unwarranted slamming of Netrebko. He knows good and well that, in mid-June, just before the historical vocal performance she and Dmitri Hvorostovsky thrilled the world with, at Red Square, she was quite vocal in her support of Gay Rights in Russia. But, that hasn’t stopped him from slamming her about it.
When I read about his attacks on her and then the truly disgusting opera hate site, Parterre Box, I began to suspect that this was NOT about LGBT rights in Russia, but just another way to spread the hatred of Netrebko. Granted, Rose is a specialist in LGBT rights, and has written extensively on the subject. He is also a frequent commenter on various sites, which leaves me to speculate that he has very little in the way of a life. Trust me, if you make so many comments, you don’t have time for much else. As a novelist, he may be using the comments to avoid working. Trust me, I also know about that.
Rose truly detests the Catholic Church and he truly detests Anna Netrebko. One is political and the other is operatic. I find his political stand against the Church to be his right to make an ass out of himself. But, it offends me.
As far as his stand against Netrebko, he’s having an operatic, melodramatic, fit, finding a way to slam a singer he obviously doesn’t like. That too, I find to be dishonest. He’s being dishonest about what she dis and said about gays. If he doesn’t like her, just come out and say he doesn’t like her. It’s an opera thing, that’s he’s dishonestly using as a political wedge to make trouble for her.
Evidently, Anna Netrebko had the audacity to stand up and state that she thought that the desecration of a church by the obscenity known as Pussy Riot was wrong. Golly gee, so did I. I still think it is wrong. Evidently she, The Pink Flamingo, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, and a couple historians, are among the only entities outside of the now purely evil Russian system who think a group of vile skin-head leaning alleged rock singers had no right to desecrate the holy altar of a church.
The problem is, there are very good, well meaning people in this world – 99.99% who aren’t die-hard opera freaks who don’t understand a good rant and rave against a singer. Trust me, I’ve had a few against a certain baritone I could not tolerate. A time or two I may have, at the Met, booed a few sacred cows, when their Wagnerian over-reach was truly ear-shattering. I’m still trying to figure out why one specific performance was considered to remarkable. I guess it is like the Emperor’s New Clothes. You must say that certain venerable sopranos who should have been put out to pasture before their careers began were truly amazing, when they stank. I can’t think of any other way to put it. I can come up with a few really nasty epitaphs about a baritone I truly disliked, but I won’t. He’s gone the way of the Dodo and Sherrill Milnes is now the Ted Williams of opera. Milnes won and no one even remembers this jerk’s name.
True opera fans are like that. We will intensely dislike someone so much that there are no rules. All’s fair in love, war, and opera. You detest someone, well, you do what you can to kick them in the back of the knees when they are standing. It’s the name of the game. It is also stupid, petty, and indefensible. But – it is the name of the game.
Now, let’s talk about this Scott Rose. I’m going to do a link to something he put on his Facebook page. Frankly, I find his anti-Christian stand to be highly offensive. But, as a Christian, I must allow myself to be offended. My bad?
He hates Christians.
So, there are certain opera fans who took the comment Rose made on his FB page and ran with it, knowing full well, they could exercise their God-given right to do anything possible to take out an opera singer they detest. Let’s face it, opera is a dirty, blood-thirsty sport, with fans more cruel and vicious than anything the Roman Empire could have packed into a gladiatorial game. It’s opera. We fans are like that. I suspect it is because we have no life of our own.
The problem is Scott Rose, and those who don’t like Netrebko didn’t pay attention to an article that appeared in Russia back in June. This is where Rose went wrong, and where it will come back to bite him in the tushie, not that anyone is going to notice. Like I said, opera is a blood-sport. Like any legendary soprano, and in my humble opinion Netrebko is very very good, she has her detractors. She also has her fans who will die for her. I’ve noticed that Rose is a big Leontyne Price fan. That could be his problem, right there. They have the same sort of voice. He doesn’t need to worry, though. Like my beloved Bubbles, no one will ever be able to touch the greatest voice that ever came out of Tupelo, Mississippi.
The implication here, though is horrifying and extremely chilling. If you read some of the comments people on both sites left about Anna Netrebko, she is to be boycotted. I gather there are some who want her kicked out of the Met because she dared endorse Vladimir Putin’s presidential campaign. If his poll numbers in Russia are any indication, the proposed boycott that Rose would like to see, will only help him, not hurt him.
A person who endorses a political candidate has a right to do so and not be harassed for what that candidate did a year after that endorsement. Yes, that infamous endorsement of Vladimir Putin came a year before the oppressive laws against gays and lesbians were passed in Russia. What sort of alternative reality do some people live in, might I ask? What right do people who see the world in a single issue have the right to destroy a person who does not march lock-step with their values or issue? What right to people have to play thought police and demand someone who is a ‘public figure’ to do what THEY want them to do?
No one should be damned for supporting a political candidate where there is an issue that bothers others. Trust me, I know all about it. I have friends who are still complaining that I cannot be much of a Christian because I voted for Barack Obama. You see, the DNC’s platform was not pro-life. They are single issue voters who only see the pro-life end of things. So, when I voted for Obama, I became, in their minds a “Baby Killer”.
No, I detest abortion and think it is only acceptable in the case of rape, incest, or the life of the mother is at risk. I think abortion for basically any other reason is murder. That doesn’t matter. I am called a “Baby Killer” because I voted for Barack Obama. You don’t know how hurtful that is. It is also a damn bloody lie. But – to a single issue voter the is required, in order to prop up their views. I must be treated like dirt because I happened to think that Barack Obama was a far superior individual than Mitt Romney, who is a Dark Triad.
I guess, because of this, I have a tremendous amount of sympathy for Anna Netreko. She is now in the position where she is damned if she does and damned if she doesn’t. She’s put in this position by people who put their agenda ahead of her own well-being. I couldn’t stomach voting for a person like Mitt Romney, and happen to think his pro-life stand is a joke. On the other hand, I happen to know that Barack Obama is a born again Christian. Romney is not. When I tell this to my pro-life friends, they tell me that is a lie. He can’t support the Democratic platform and still be a Christian. I’ve even had a few friends tell me tell me that they doubt if I’m a Christian because I vote for Obama, who is a ‘Baby Killer’ – just like me.
What step do these people take, next. Do they demand the Met drop one of the finest sopranos in the world? Do they demand that Erwin Schrott denounce her? If he doesn’t do they start to destroy his career? Do they then go after Dmitri Hvorostovsky for appearing in Red Square with her? Do they try to destroy him because he performs in Russia?
Where does it end?
All I know is I’ve been terribly hurt by people I thought were my friend, because I did not vote the way they wanted me to vote – for a single reason. Evidently I don’t have any rights. They are the only ones who have the right to freedom. Because I disagree, or do not do exactly what they want, I have none. My heart goes out to this woman. Frankly, I think the people who are doing this to her are a bunch of self-serving jerks.
Now, because I’m writing this, I’ll be accused of being anti-LGBT. Funny thing, that. One of the other reasons my so-called ‘Christian’ conservative friends have turned on me is because I happen to think that gays and lesbians have the same rights as do anyone else. I’ve stated many times that those who say a person cannot be LGBT and be a Christian is completely wrong. Anyone who reads The Pink Flamingo knows how I feel. Anyone who follows my Twitter feed also knows how I feel.
When someone is blindly a single issue person, that’s not going to matter a bit. If a few innocent people are destroyed to achieve their goal, so be it. I truly detest single issue zealots. They lack the ability to see the big picture in life. It doesn’t matter what the issue is or what side of the political spectrum one is on, being a single issue zealot is terribly blinding.
So, have at it.
There is nothing more unfair than being targeted by individuals who know absolutely nothing about you or how you feel about an issue. I know. I’ve been there. It hurts, especially when someone is using an issue they should not use, and is using it, unfairly, to attempt to do harm and destroy. I feel for Anna Netrebko because I go through this on a somewhat regular basis, on a different subject. The issue doesn’t matter to those who are attacking, only the fact that they can make themselves feel more important by attacking. I don’t know if the individuals who are attacking her are being paid to do so. Those who attack me are. That makes it even worse. Doing it in a misguided attempt to gain attention for an issue and vindictively punish someone for something you imagine they have done or not done is one thing. Doing it for pay is another. I just don’t know which is worse.
The plight of the LGBT community is Russia is sad, tragic. The issues involving abortion are sad and tragic. This said, no one deserves to be harassed or destroyed for incorrect perceptions of their views. The people doing this aren’t helping their cause, at all.
This is what people who don’t know what they are doing, can do to harm someone.