Brandeis Cancels Play that Mocks the Offended Because… That’s Offensive

Sigh. You just can't make this stuff up.

A play that mocks the overly sensitive politically correct culture has been canceled at Brandeis University because the school's overly sensitive politically correct campus is offended by the politically incorrect language used in the play.

Playwright Micheal Weller, who received a Creative Arts Award from Brandeis, wanted to bring his production Buyer Beware to the campus. Reason details the plot:

Buyer Beware is about a student who discovers the works of the un-P.C. comedian Lenny Bruce and attempts to stage a Bruce-like production. This antagonizes activist students affiliated with the Black Lives Matter movement, as well as the university, since an important donor is coming to visit on the day of the production and the administration would rather avoid controversy. 

The script apparently calls for a white actor to use the n-word in several instances. Bruce sometimes used offensive language, including the n-word, during his performances: not because he was a racist, but because he wanted to shatter their power. Weller's script calls for one of the characters, Ron, to quote Bruce: "Imagine if we just kept saying these words over and over again, sooner or later they'd become meaningless noise."

The best part is, the offended students haven’t actually read the script but they JUST KNOW the production can’t move forward. A recent graduate said, “I trust the people who told me about it. I don't need to read the actual language to know what it is about.”

A current student, who is a rep for the theater department and sits on the play selection committee, stated: “The issue we all have with it is that [Weller] is an older, straight-gendered, able-bodied and white man. It isn't his place to be stirring the pot.”

In lieu of the play, a workshop “devoted to the challenging issues Michael's work evokes” will be offered. 

Weller said he is “personally heartbroken” that the university refused his play. “I wanted to give it to the school,” he said.

Instead, he will seek out a professional production company to stage the play: “I just hope that there is a chance for the kids who haven't seen the play at Brandeis to see it.”

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