Welcome to Carrollton, Georgia. A peaceful and quite southern town where its 1975, the First Admendment doesn’t exist and fascist Mayor rules with an Orwellian Big Brother type fist. At least that’s what Mayor Wayne Garner would like everyone to think after shutting down a community theater’s production of The Rocky Horror Show at the city-owned Carrollton Cultural Arts Center because he found the content of the show, “very offensive, not in keeping with the community of Carrolton, and not for any other reason.”
Because of Mayor Wayne Garner’s little Nazi like censorship problem the group which decided to stage its October 27th production at a privately-owned stage elsewhere in the city is doing its best since the play lost both its funding and use of the community theater, will now need to raise about $5000 and secure a new venue before it can go on.
Unless Mayor Wayne Garner owns the Carrollton Cultural Arts Center personally, he has no legal authority to close it down, or any other production even if he claims obscene under the “Miller test,” meaning the work is not protected by the First Amendment because even archconservative Justice Rehnquist opined during the Carnal Knowledge case that Miller intended to limit obscenity claims to hardcore porno flicks The Director and Cast of the Carrollton production of the THHPS should find a lawyer and start suing Wayne Garner because its obvious this is a case of criminal censorship.
If you have a minute visit thier Facebook page where you’ll find statements of support, up-to-the-minute updates on the situation, and links to another page with information on donating to the play fund. Every bit of support, even if it’s just dropping by to say “good luck”, is deeply appreciated. I am sure.
And as for Mayor Wayne Garner. “Don’t dream it. BE IT……Beyatch! BITCH!”