Georgia mayor shuts down local production of 'Rocky Horror'


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In a real-life story that is practically ripped from an episode of Glee, the mayor of Carrollton, Ga. has cancelled a stage production of The Rocky Horror Show that was slated to open Oct. 27 at the city-owned Carrollton Cultural Arts Center after viewing a risqué video clip from rehearsal. “I found it very offensive, not in keeping with the community of Carrolton, if you will,” Garner told Atlanta’s NBC-11 news. Watch the news report below:

The cast of the production now hopes to perform their show at a private venue — which the mayor would have no problem with — and they’ve rallied support on Facebook.

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  • BB

    Ugh…Why did “Glee” have to be mentioned?

    • twtchr44

      because people are stupid, and glee did a ‘rocky’ episode

  • greg

    Well, that’s one way to lose the Transexual Transylvanian vote . . ..

  • jules

    This “stage production of The Rocky Horror Picture Show” would be “The Rocky Horror Show”–on which “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” was based. And the stage show came out two years before the picture show. Sorry to nit-pick, but have some respect for history, Jeff.

    • Walter

      I knew that! Sorry for the slip up. Wouldn’t want to disrespect history.

  • Walter

    Glee was mentioned because they devoted an entire episode last season to The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Duh.

    • JP

      The episode also dealt with people trying to shut down the production due to it being too risque.

  • Wendy

    Jeepers. Lighten up! I’m glad I live in Minneapolis.

    • Mel

      This wouldn’t have been cancelled at the Ordway.

      • ?

        Don Shelby is in it! Viva the Shelby! FYI for those not in the Twin Cities, Shelby is a recently retired news anchor. Real stand-up guy.

  • LOL

    Georgians love crap.

    • Lucy

      Oh, yeah. We’re absolutely giddy about it.

  • Michael Sacal

    Maybe they can find a farmhouse on the border of the state where they can dance without censure from the local preacher… I mean, put on their show without censure from the mayor.

    • LGStudent

      Holy crap, I go to school 20 minutes from Carrolton, I might have to make this happen. I even know the barn we could do it at.

  • Joy

    That state would be Alabama…less than 15 miles away!

    • Mel

      Are you insane? You can’t even buy a vibrator in Alafrigginbama.

  • Squishmar

    I hope they get that private venue and get to perform the show. It’s a great musical! And wouldn’t low-ticket sales be a better indicator of whether the show is, “not in keeping with the community of Carrolton,”?

  • Fred

    Can that mayor cancel “Jersey Shore?” Please?

    • Eric

      Fred I agree with you…lol!

  • kim in kentucky

    Would have been funny to have people who had only seen the Glee version come to the show and the REAL version!!

  • Tony

    Censorship is unAmerican. But then, what do you expect in Georgia?

    • Kat

      No one’s censoring them. They just can’t perform it at the city-owned venue. They are free to perform it at a non-city-owned venue. This is not censorship. I don’t agree with the mayor’s decision, but it’s not technically censorship. It’s the city government deciding (whether correctly or incorrectly) that taxpayers would probably not want their money used to support a controversial play. Which brings up an interesting debate of whether it is the duty of government to try to engage and enrich the lives of its citizens by encouraging boundary-pushing cultural experiences, or to try to keep its citizens happy and pleased with what their taxes fund by not pushing their limits. But no, it’s easier and more satisfying to just make broad, self-righteous generalizations about an entire diverse state in a diverse country full of diverse opinions. Sorry to sound like a jerk, but I don’t even live in the south and I hate when people get smug about southern or rural/rednecky states.

      • Squishmar

        Good points, Kat. I was just thinking that, city-owned or not, aren’t the tickets going to be sold? It seems to me that the public would speak on this issue based on whether ticket sales were good or not. And any revenue would go towards the theatre and the city. I wonder if there were complaints made to the Mayor or if he just decided to do this on his own. I should watch the video…

      • MJN

        Originally the city set aside money to help produce the show. When the mayor was shown a video of rehearsal (not final production) he cancelled the show. The production offered to fund the whole thing themselves and the mayor still said no. So really it is a form of censorship. The board and the mayor should have watched the movie before approving the production of the stage show. The mayor is trying to save his a** by saying he will allow them to produce it elsewhere.

    • Georgian from NY

      Oh yes, because all Georgians are backwards, ignorant, and prejudiced lunatics. Ugh, way to stereotype.

  • Friend of P. and Okie

    . “I found it very offensive, not in keeping with the community of Carrolton, if you will,” -Garner
    Apparently if you won’t as well. The play must go on! Show in this microcosm of the (closed vs. opened minds) that the WILL of the people is still alive for the people, and by the the people. For love of freedom not the license freedom brings.

  • Gary

    So one man (the mayor) decides what is too risque for the entire city? How arrogant of him!

    • Mel

      Maybe his nickname is Boss Hogg.

  • Jack

    Pushing the edge is killing us step by step down a slippery slope to the fire. I don’t want to go there do you?

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