You made FrackNation possible. You supported it when we needed help, so now I'm asking for your help again. Making FrackNation was a lot of fun. Even when Julie Sautner threatened to pull a gun on me, I was happy. I was also a little nervous, but I was happy because I knew that people only get angry when you expose their lies. I was confident my journalism was on the right track.
And something similar has just happened with the closing night of FERGUSON the play in New York. Basically, a near riot situation erupted on closing night when one of the actors suddenly decided to lecture the audience with fake news and politics. Thankfully, he was quickly shut down, but that wasn't enough, as the arguments and shouting spilled out into the lobby and 30th Street Manhattan. I was accused of "White Arrogance" by cast member Cedric Benjamin.
That's right. He was claiming that it is "White Arrogance" to write a play that quotes mostly minority voices, verbatim. I think Cedric Benjamin--part of the New York "elite"--is the one who is arrogant. How dare he dismiss all those minority voices just because what they witnessed doesn't square with his political beliefs.
In this video, you can see Benjamin try and lecture the crowd with his fake news statistics. He is shut down by director Jerry Dixon, a true professional.
In this video, the cast is ordered off the stage.
And here is Benjamin accusing me of white arrogance on 30th Street outside the theater.
You can read Broadway World's report on the incident here.
I am glad they were shut down, because I'm tired of these coastal elites attacking and insulting Broadway and Hollywood audiences. That's also why I made FrackNation. I was tired of New Yorkers like Josh fox claiming he was from Pennsylvania and destroying the lives of hard-working people there.
It is important to bring the truth to people.
I was also inspired to bring FERGUSON to New York after the disgraceful way the cast of Hamilton treated Vice President Pence when they lectured him from the stage. They were sending a clear message to conservatives--to half the country, basically--you're not welcome in our audience, and we certainly don't want you producing or writing plays. Such exclusion and intolerance is unacceptable.
I will go on fighting just like I did when the actors walked out during rehearsal for the staged reading in LA. Thank you for all your help so far, but I need your help again. I tried to keep costs low, but it is expensive putting on a play in New York. We are $6,000 over budget as the show closes and the bills are coming in. Can you help?
As I write this, we have just 15 hours to raise the money. It's important that the play is seen to break even. I want to bring it back to New York in a bigger venue and for a longer run, and to do that, I have to convince producers that there is a hunger for it. I need to show widespread support for the truth and the play.
So please give what you can, and send the link (FergusonThePlay.com) to anyone you think might want to support the project. We can't run away. We have to stand up to these bullies.
Thanks for all your help,