Mikado in Missoula, Montana, Sarah Palin beheading?

Mikado in Missoula, Montana, Sarah Palin beheading?

Then the idiot who praises, with enthusiastic tone,
All centuries but this, and every country but his own

This is a phrase in the Gilbert and Sullivan play “Mikado” comic opera that the Missoula Community Theatre performed Jan 21-23, 26-30 in Missoula, Montana.

It is supposed to be political satire, the script calls for inserting current political events.
The song itself sings about it:
The task of filling up the blanks I’d rather leave to you.
But it really doesn’t matter whom you put upon the list,
For they’d none of ‘em be missed — they’d none of ‘em be missed!
(Chorus: (including Children))
You may put ‘em on the list — you may put ‘em on the list;
And they’ll none of ‘em be missed — they’ll none of ‘em be missed

So, what current political trends did the good people of Missoula come up with?

Being an enlightened, liberal University town the up-to-date script called for the beheading of Sarah Palin. The public laughed and applauded. They had modified the lines:

And the lady from the provinces, who dresses like a guy,
And who “doesn’t think she dances, but would rather like to try”;
And that singular anomaly, the lady novelist —
I don’t think she’d be missed — I’m sure she’d not he missed!
(Chorus: (Children))
He’s got her on the list — he’s got her on the list;
And I don’t think she’ll be missed — I’m sure she’ll not be missed

A few people in the audience thought this was not in the best taste, one man, Rory Page, Clinton wrote in a letter to the editor: (excerpt) Now, I realize you play to a mostly liberal audience in Missoula and so, I am sure, felt comfortable in your calling for the beheading of Sarah Palin. I am painfully aware that most in the audience tittered with laughter and clapped because “no one would miss her” but there were some in your audience who took great offense to this “uncivil tone” about another human being:

This came to the attention of national media, and so the Executive Director Michael McGill decided to alter the lyrics for the remainder of the schedule. He also sent out a “letter of apology” where he states: “I am sorry that the satirical reference to Sarah Palin has offended some of our patrons.”
He was in no way sorry for what the writer had done, only that some took offense to it. So he changed the lyrics, and it became:” And that crazy Sarah Palin needs a psychoanalyst. She never would be missed, No she never would be missed.”

That was reassuring. Sarah Palin had to remain in the lyrics in the most derogatory form they could muster, in this new “Civility” environment.

Of course there is no name associated with

“Then the idiot who praises, with enthusiastic tone,
All centuries but this, and every country but his own;”

Any ideas?

And the obligatory limerick:

Misoula, Montana, a small college town.
They are so superior, they have cap and gown.
“Behead Sarah Palin’
The Mikado railin’
The children chimed in, you must not let them down.



  1. Posted February 1, 2011 at 5:03 pm | Permalink

    Palin refuses to back down or even tone it down, why should these guys have to? This is a classic issue of freedom of speak in the arts and I don’t feel they did anything wrong. People are offended by this reference but not by Palin’s speaking engagements at gun rallies a week after a national tragedy? I’ve had my own issues on my artist’s blog with my portrayal of Palin in a visual commentary I created about her rhetoric and its influence on the public. Let me know what you think at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2011/01/sarah-palin-made-me-do-it.html

  2. lenbilen
    Posted February 1, 2011 at 5:39 pm | Permalink

    Since you don’t feel that the play modifiers did anything wrong what is your take on this story in the Huffington Post of 12/6/2010 ( by Dylan Lovan)?

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A Kentucky man who acknowledged threatening President Barack Obama in a poem has been sentenced to nearly three years in prison.
    Johnny Logan Spencer apologized for writing the poem, which described a fatal sniper shooting of the president.
    The 28-year-old said in federal court in Louisville on Monday that he was upset over his mother’s death and had fallen in with a white supremacist group that had helped him kick a drug habit.
    U.S. District Judge Joseph H. McKinley Jr. called Spencer’s writing of the poem an extremely dangerous thing. Spencer will be on supervised release for three years after he completes the 33-month sentence.
    The poem, titled “The Sniper,” was posted on a website in 2007 and again in 2009 after Obama took office.

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