Tax dollars from the very governments he’s convicted of plotting to blow up are helping ensure the curtain goes up next week on a “sympathetic portrayal” of one of the members of the so-called Toronto 18 terror plotters.
Shareef Abdelhaleem was found guilty earlier this year of two terrorism-related charges in connection with the Toronto 18 plot to bomb downtown Toronto.
Following his conviction, Abdelhaleem told court if he ever learned of another terrorist plot, he would sit back and let it happen.
Now he is the leading character portrayed in Homegrown, one of the plays in this year’s lineup of Summerworks, a Toronto festival that has received almost $90,000 from all three levels of government within the last year including a $30,000 operating grant from the city-funded Toronto Arts Council, $24,500 in operating funding from the provincially funded Ontario Arts Council and $35,000 from federally funded Heritage Canada.
One play. From a theatre festival featuring several plays. That's received $90,000.00 in total from the City of Toronto, the Province of Ontario, and the Government of Canada.
"Security" for the G-20 = 1,200,000,000.00
Theatre festival in story=0,000,090,000.00
Oh my fucking god.
So, what about this hideous play? Peat actually lets the playwright talk about her project honestly, but by this point, with the shit-head Sun cover and the Shit-head intro to the story, the damage is done:
Homegrown’s playwright Catherine Frid says the play is a “sympathetic portrayal” of Abdelhaleem, not of a terrorist.
“He wasn’t planning to blow up Bay and Front Street with a truck bomb,” Frid said. “People don’t know the whole story behind Shareef’s conviction, I’m not speaking for all the Toronto 18, I’m just focusing on the one person I met and whose case I followed and I’m telling that story.”
Frid said she’s not condoning violence or advocating terrorism and she’s not anti-Canadian.
“I’ve never even joined a political party but this is something, because I have a background in law, that just really stuck in my craw,” she said. “If you care about Canada, and we all do and you know what we’re all proud as hell of our country ... but you have to look a little bit beyond the headline and it is so easy to portray these guys as, you know, the big scary threat.”
As I said though, by that point in the story the damage has been done. The Sun has got its stupid cover, it's whipped its shit-head readership into a pants-pissing "shred our civil rights please!" frenzy, and it's given them yet another opportunity to shriek that the arts in Canada should be left to the vagaries of the strip-mall capitalists.
If this is Kory's handiwork, then he's indeed a revolting blight on our political culture.