Cameron: A Culture Without Challenge?

Are there lessons for the arts to be learned from last November’s American elections? Ben Cameron says yes: The “through-line of the arts right now is really a byproduct of things revealed in the last election we did not understand. What we’re hearing is audiences are less willing to tolerate ideas and viewpoints other than their own — there’s an intolerance I can’t remember seeing in a long time in the arts. Plays making unflattering references to subjects, or dealing with topics that are uncomfortable for people — well, they just start climbing over each other to get out of the theatre.”