Valery Gergiev, Thought Criminal by Omission

It isn’t enough to refrain from objecting to the homosexual agenda. You have to explicitly support it — even if you come from a country that hasn’t reached the current Western level of cultural decomposition. Otherwise you will be punished. Ask Valery Gergiev:

He is commonly hailed as Russia’s greatest living conductor. As the general and artistic director of the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg – which includes Russia’s leading opera and ballet companies and symphony orchestra – he is his country’s most powerful, prominent, celebrated, decorated and highly paid musician.

Yet Gergiev is

protested against nearly everywhere he appears outside of Russia. This is because he has not taken a firm vocal stand against the Putin-backed anti-gay legislation, which bans “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations.”

Gergiev has been reticent other than to say that he is an artist, not a politician, that he wouldn’t permit discrimination of any sort at the Mariinsky and that he is too busy to wade through a long law’s obtuse legalese.

That’s not good enough for militant homophiles.

During the fall, Gergiev was picketed several times in New York. Then a protester took to the stage at a Gergiev concert in London. This month things reached a head when the Dutch media quoted Gergiev [deliberately out of context] as saying he believed the law was intended to combat Russia’s problem with pedophilia. The city of Rotterdam responded by threatening to cancel its annual Gergiev Festival, begun in 1996. The Munich Philharmonic, of which Gergiev is slated to become music director in 2015, said it would reconsider the conductor’s contract and put him through a humiliating public cross-examination.

Liberalism is a totalitarian ideology. In areas where it is completely dominant, like the arts, you are either with the politically correct or you are with the thought criminals. Anyone who doesn’t stridently denounce thought criminals is himself a thought criminal.

Not that long ago, artists escaped from Russia for the freedom of the West. Now, the West demands that they not only refrain from challenging but explicitly endorse even the most unnatural aspects of establishment ideology.

Valery-Gergiev
Gergiev had better show he is on board.

On a tip from DJ. Hat tip: The Thinking Housewife. Cross-posted at Moonbattery.

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