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November 24, 2008

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Ken

It's no great surprise that the outcry against Eckern--the head of a tiny (in the grand scheme of things, if not in theater terms) organization--led to his ouster so quickly, while great mega-corporations move incredibly slowly if at all to rectify their misdeeds. Eckern realized that he can be greatly affected by having the gay and gay-friendly communities turning their back on him: he can be denied both products to sell and an audience willing to buy--a killing blow for a non-profit arts institution. Walmart or Target or Dominos or whomever know that they still have millions of millions of eager customers who either don't know or don't care what their policies are. And these behemoth corporations also have millions of dollars to spend on advertising and PR to spin any accusation so that they still look like good guys you can trust. Eckern had no such war chest to draw from.

Christopher Shelton

"We shouldn't be happy about the fact that someone lost their job over this"

Really? I am happy. I don't feel bad about it. I hope more people lose their jobs if they refuse to acknowledge the basic right of their employees to maintain a family.

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