Phelim McAleer, the conservative documentarian known for his film FrackNation and book about serial abortionist Kermit Gosnell, has opened his FERGUSON play at a theater in New York City and it is already having the impact he intended.
Using the technique known as verbatim theater, FERGUSON uses live actors to read the grand jury testimony of eyewitness accounts of the shooting of Michael Brown by Officer Darren Wilson. This is crucial to the play because by using only the facts from the case, the media is exposed for lying that Brown had his hands up when he was shot by Wilson. There isn’t the slightest shred of evidence that is true. However, even after Wilson was exonerated and the lies surrounding the shooting of Brown laid bare, the “hands up, don’t shoot” trope is still widely used and more sadly, believed.
McAleer shared the shocked reaction of a woman who attended the play and emerged utterly devastated that what she protested alongside many of her Black Lives Matter allies was all based on a false narrative. McAleer posted the video to YouTube and stated, “She knows she has been lied to and if you look at the video you can see the bewilderment in her eyes.”
“Why did I demonstrate with everyone — all of us, all the people who demonstrated, Black Lives Matter — hands in the air, don’t shoot?” the woman asked McAleer after hearing the grand jury testimony for the first time. “Tonight was a totally different thing what happened in the grand jury.”
The woman found it hard to believe that years of passionate protests was all based on a lie. She found it “mystifying.”
Facts are like that.
Watch her reaction above and then check out a previous performance featuring a Los Angeles cast below:
FERGUSON The Play runs through November 4th in NYC. It has already enjoyed several sold out shows, but tickets are still available for other performances. The play continues stirring the pot in light of its stated mission of: "No spin. No media filter. Just the truth. Five cast members of the staged reading in Los Angeles walked out before opening night because of their desire to rewrite the script. But you can't rewrite the truth; you can't rewrite history. See for yourself!"