It’s April 4. That’s the day the book 1984 begins, and when we all put ourselves on the side against tyranny. The trouble there, is even John Wilkes Booth said he was fighting against tyranny.
This goes into the you-can’t-make-this-stuff-up department:
Three Capital Region venues will show the movie “1984” on Tuesday as part of a national day of protest against President Trump’s proposed cuts in funding for the arts.
Proctors in Schenectady, the Opalka Gallery at Sage Colleges in Albany and the Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs will join more than 180 moviehouses, galleries, museums and libraries in 43 states that plan to participate in the event.
Their rationale has expanded since then — and I’ll get to that.
Yes, I know, they’d like you to believe that they aren’t asking that the government have a say in who gets arts funding. But somebody makes the decisions. It’s not me, and it’s not you.
It’s either the politicians funding government-sponsored art or it’s the unelected deep state. Neither is a good idea.
But there’s another reason the theaters are showing 1984 today — other than that they want to sell you popcorn. They think the Trump administration is trying to slant the truth. Kellyanne Conway used the phrase “alternative facts” to mean that there was another side to the story.
Apparently, these movie theater owners are surprised that a political aide would try to tell a story her way. Do these people really think 1984 is beginning now? Maybe it really is only about the popcorn.
Or maybe they think that 1984 is how things should be.
The irony here is that these same people supported McCain-Feingold in the guise of campaign finance reform. Now, why did the Supreme Court overturn that law? Because the law tried to censor a movie about Hillary Clinton.