When art failed to imitate the false narrative propped up for months by a sympathetic media, five cast members in a stage play based on the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown quit.
The play, “Ferguson,” echoes actual testimony in the case, which reflects that Brown did not have his hands up and that he charged at Officer Darren Wilson when he was shot and killed.
In an interview with Breitbart News, playwright and producer Phelim McAleer said the script is based strictly on grand jury testimony, with “nothing added.”
“No dialogue, no characters,” he said.
Or, in other words, the unvarnished truth — not a popular sentiment in America today.
Veralyn Jones, an African American cast member who quit, had a different take on reality, according to the Los Angeles Times.
“He [McAleer] claims he wrote this to try to get to the truth of it, but everybody’s truth is totally subjective,” Jones told the Times. “When you come to the matter of what really happened, nobody really knows for sure, because everybody has a different take on it. … It just didn’t feel right to me.”
Another cast member, Philip Casnoff, seemed to take exception to McAleer’s politics.
After learning of McAleer’s previous work, which the Times said includes documentaries that challenged the anti-fracking documentary “Gasland” and Al Gore’s climate-change indictment “An Inconvenient Truth,” Casnoff, a self-described “very liberal, left-wing-leaning” person, hit the bricks.
“Whoa, this is not the place for me to be,” he said.
But McAleer isn’t apologizing for presenting a harsh dose of reality.
“The truth is the truth. If it doesn’t fit in with their beliefs, they need to change their beliefs,” McAleer told the Times. “All the people who testified that he had his hands up, it was pretty much demolished in grand jury testimony.”
The problem is, the media inundated the country with a false version of reality for months on end, which plays into Joseph Goebbels’ belief that “if you repeat a lie long enough, it becomes truth.”
And while some struggle with the truth, it may be the exchange between a witness and prosecutor that the play ends with that really bothers most.
“Do you feel like this could have ended up any other way?” the prosecutor asks.
“Yeah, it could have, if Michael Brown had just stopped running” toward Wilson, says the witness. “It could have ended another way. The officer had no other choice.”
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