Dinner theater Medieval Times has changed the script of its play, and the new script is being celebrated as a feminist triumph. Now instead of a king as the lead, the play will have a queen as the lead. ABC News explains in Medieval Times cast queen as lead for first time in history:
The decision to put a strong female at the helm of the show came in response to audience feedback.
“We were really ahead of the curve in that sense,” Zapcic said.
Feminism has always been about theater, so the fact that feminists are crowing about this latest landmark achievement for women shouldn’t come as a complete surprise. Yet even the breathy NY Times article about this great feminist triumph was forced to acknowledge that the audience mostly didn’t care:
“If it can help empower women and we can be role models for these young women and men and show you need to respect women, then it is very fortuitous timing,” Ms. Lerner said. “It gives you the chills.”
…questions about the social significance of the new show were largely met with blank stares.
One Australian tourist allowed that it was a clever idea, but many audience members said they had no inkling — or didn’t care — that the show had changed.
This is something feminists should get used to. They’ve marked off all of their top and medium priorities on their “To Do” list. In the past feminists could give a woman a mannish haircut, put a leather jacket on her, and have a man fly her across the Atlantic and she would be celebrated as a great feminist hero, complete with ticker tape parade and solemn meeting with the President. Now all of the great play acting roles have been done before. The first woman to play the lead role in a local dinner show just isn’t exciting anymore.
Feminism used to be great theater. Sure it was make believe, but it was make believe on a grand scale. Now it is reduced to reminding paper-hat-wearing grown men and women not to forget to tip the wait staff.