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It's not the sex- it's that he asked someone to lie for him and that he put his own reputation ahead of the city.
Those of you who focus just on the sex, one way or the other, are feeding into the homophobic culture.
It's not about the sex.
Did you read the letter? Or are you willfully ignorant?
This letter, more than anything else I've read so far, encapsulates my disappointment in Sam's lie (the lie not the sex!) and my parallel conviction that he needs to stay in office and do the work we elected him to do. Well done.
I challenge you to go live in a city without an "Arts Community" and see how long it takes before your brain atrophies from boredom and one too many rodeo rallies.
When a small group takes it upon themselves to call a press-conference and make declarations on behalf of a city's "arts community", it's a bit presumptuous of them (unless, of course, they held a quorum and somehow conclusively determined the monolithic opinion of this "arts community"). No?
When nouns are capitalized, they are called "proper nouns." Such designations confer a sense of formality on the subject. For example, "downtown" could be just about anywhere on the west side in common usage; however, Title 33 of the Portland City Code defines "Downtown" (note the capital D) as only the area south of Burnside, between the Willamette River and I-405. The Pearl, 23rd, South Waterfront, etc. aren't part of it.
Clear so far?
In this instance, "Arts Community" (again capitalized) implies that there is some sort of formal group, council, organization, etc., representing artists in Portland, and that this is their official, stated position. Just as with the gay community taking offense to Just Out's claiming to speak for a large group of people with widely varying opinions in calling for Sam's resignation, "artists" in Portland (itself a subjective term) are likely to be offended that a self-appointed group is advancing the position of a "Community" that many of us do not agree with. It's a nuance yes, but an important one. "Leaders in the arts community" would have been an appropriate headline.
Was that slow enough for you? If not, I have some Legos you can play with.
In any case, getting angry with the arts community for calling themselves the Arts Community seems to me to be a bit meta.
Actually, come to think of it, I prefer meta legos.
Or Meta Legos.
YOU MUST ALL BOW BEFORE MY MIGHT!!!!!
The headline is my phrase.
No press conference was called.
In the letter they identify themselves as "leaders in the arts community," and in his email Chris wrote: "Attached please find a letter drafted this morning from 27 of the city’s Arts Leaders in support of Mayor Adams continuing in office."
Ok? Everybody ok?
Or imagine you confessing such lies and manipulation to your boss.
In other news, Art Overlords is a great band name.
Anyway, this whole thing is a farce. Sam said he'd resign if the people wanted it. Now that Pink Martini and Storm Large have indicated they don't want it, everything is peachy again.
Now everyone can go back to sleep and Sam can go back to co-opting investigative journalists, ruining political opponents and "reaching out" to troubled teenagers.
This is news?
Because after all, isn't art all about fist fucking 17 year olds?