Friday, August 6, 2010

Homegrown Needs Some Weed Killer

Well as I previously talked about Homegrown last Friday, it opened yesterday. There's been a bit of controversy about it. Not just being sympathetic to a CONVICTED terrorist, the play also recieved about $6,000 dollars of federal funding.

Well here are three articles

First: Audience raves for play about convicted terrorist

It was two thumbs up from theatre goers for the debut of a controversial play based on the Toronto 18 terror ring.

About 150 people packed the Theatre Passe Muraille on Ryerson Ave., Thursday night to check out Homegrown, a 70-minute play based on one of the suspects.

Patrons didn’t express concerns with the terror content of the play and cheered the actors after the show.

“It was a fantastic show,” said Richard Troy. “It was a good production that had an honesty about it.”

Paul Weinberg said he was interested in the people in the play.

“I wasn’t interested in the relationship that much,” Weinberg said. “I would have liked to know more about the characters.”

The autobiographical play chronicles playwright Catherine Frid’s 18-months worth of visits with Shareef Abdelhaleem as he awaited trial.

Abdelhaleem was found guilty earlier this year of two terrorism-related charges in connection with the plot to bomb downtown Toronto.

Jonathan Kolber said the show made him want to learn more about the people arrested in June 2006 as part of the largest terrorism-bust in Canadian history.

“The play sheds light on the situation and makes me want to question certain things,” Kolber said.[snip]

Question certain things? 150 people gave a standing ovation? Well, It was opening night so I should expect things like this. Probably all useful idiots that think the convicted terrorists are really something like freedom fighters.

Second: 9/11 victim's daughter slams terror play
TORONTO - Last night, I attended the opening of Homegrown, a play about Toronto 18 terrorist Shareef Abdelhaleem.

That Catherine Frid wants to stand up for the underdog is admirable.

That she thinks Abdelhaleem is an underdog worth standing up for is appalling.

To be fair, it would take one heck of a piece of theatre for this gal to show an ounce of sympathy toward a convicted terrorist.

This didn't come close.

In one scene, the script referenced the playwright as a character (Frid visited Abdelhaleem in jail over 18 months) talking about the post 9/11 world.

But I couldn't help thinking: What did she know about the post 9/11 world?

I've been living a post 9/11 world ever since 9/11.

My father, Ken, died on 9/11.

When blowing up people, places and things becomes part of your list of acceptable activities, for whatever reason, I don't tend to feel sorry for you. Ever.

So Frid never really had a chance in that respect.

What she did have a chance to explain is why Abdelhaleem was worth writing a play about, a question that still lacks a satisfactory answer as far as I am concerned, having seen the performance.

You see, Abdelhaleem, though he may have suffered under anti-terrorism legislation, was still at the wrong end of a plot to bomb Toronto.

I don't care that he never meant to hurt anybody.

I don't care that he had a small cell and worried constantly about his cats.

I don't care that he spent too long in solitary confinement.

All I could think of at the beginning of the play, during a sequence about the time he spent in solitary, was that that's nothing compared to what my dad suffered when he was in the Twin Towers and they filled with smoke.


It's a life sentence for the victims.

You want drama? The 9/11 families have been through hell and back.

Their stories are 50 times more compelling than this dingbat's story.

Somewhere, in his head, bombing Toronto was OK. Even for just a moment.

That is just not something I will side with. Ever.

Frid's script never delivers the answers I was looking for, that's for sure.

And because it doesn't, she doesn't deserve my sympathy either.

Homegrown was not a good show.
(I had to quote that one in full)

Third: Homegrown a play worth missing: Editorial

We have no sympathy for this devil.

No matter how playwright Catherine Frid wants to portray Shareef Abdelhaleem, in our view, in the world's view and in the court's view, he's a terrorist.

He's been convicted for his part in the 2006 plot to detonate a massive truck bomb in this city's downtown core. He didn't even mount a defence, other than arguing he felt entrapped -- an argument practically laughed out of court by the judge.

And he's the object of Frid's affection in her new play, Homegrown, that debuted Thursday night -- underwhelmingly, to say the least -- in front of a full house at Theatre Passe Muraille in Toronto, as part of the SummerWorks Theatre Festival.

Abdelhaleem can try to minimize his role in the terror plot but there's no disputing the fact he tried to make a killing off killing, by betting the stock market would crash after the Toronto 18 terrorist attack.

He intended to profit from the death and destruction the planned potassium nitrate bombs would cause when set off during the morning rush hour in the heart of downtown Toronto's financial district.

Certainly he was a middleman. Certainly he was a terrorist. Certainly he's sitting exactly where he should be -- behind bars.

And certainly it's insulting that taxpayers are helping to fund a positive portrayal of this terrorist.[snip]

Here's the thing. Abelhaleem hasn't even been sentenced yet. Already there's a play out there showing him as a VICTIM!!! I am sorry, but he's no victim. If he and his group had gotten away with their plot the whole Toronto downtown financial district would have been full of victims from their bombs.

We have people like Catherine Frid, Jack Layton, and numerous other apologists for barbarians like the Toronto 18 or other terrorist groups. Why are they given a pass for actions like this? They are conspirators and criminals. The only reason why they got caught was that our law enforcement officers got lucky. I just hope that there aren't other groups like this out there plotting, planning, and staying quiet.

To answer one of the people interviewed in the first article yes this whole incident makes we want to ask questions. I don't think my questions will be the same as yours though.

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