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Patti LuPone and Satan’s Legion of Demons
This rather outrageous title is all I could think of while watching the video clip of Patti LuPone spitting all over the Broadway stage while berating some poor audience member for wearing her mask below her nose, “Get the fuck out!” she screamed, like a banshee from hell—a demon in Satan’s legion.
Obviously “all the authorities in charge” of the post show event supported her and agreed with her actions. (Is it just me, or is it odd these people would support an actor telling a patron to get the fuck out of the theatre?) This would include the producer of the show Company, Chris Harper, who employs Patti LuPone as a member of the cast. Quite a few other supporters “on that side of the fence” have jumped on the bandwagon. It reminds me of how blacks were treated post 1960s, and the support received by white spittle-spewers who had altercations with them, or how Jews were considered when insulted by the brown shirt Nazi’s in pre-war Germany—seemingly “unimportant” events—just ordinary people letting off steam projected at the “less thans” of society. Acceptable? I think not.
Oh, yes, let’s hear the “don’t insult blacks and Jews comparing them with Lupone’s perfectly reasonable expression of hate.” When is hate reasonable? When does hate have a rational place in an advanced civilization? Is the argument valid that hate is reasonable toward a dangerous person who is endangering others? If so, and it isn’t, but if so, prove to me, and to the woman who was told to get the fuck out, that she was dangerous and was indeed endangering others. Since when can we just decide that someone is dangerous? Are black young men dangerous because there are more black young men in prison in the United States than white young men? Are mask-less people more dangerous because someone in authority told us that they are, and this authority represents the majority, or holds the most power, or are celebrities sitting on the stage in New York City, looking down on the peons in the audience that paid their salary? (“Bullshit!! Chris Harper pays my salary!!”) Is that how it works?
What is happening today in the theatres and concert halls of the United States and Canada? I am not quite sure actually. Some of these venues may be open to the un-vaxxed leper; some may not be requiring masks (I don’t think so, none of the 41 Broadway theatres in NYC have lifted mask mandates, and many still require proof of the useless vaccine). But does it really matter? Criticizing these comments by saying, “what’s the problem, all of that is a thing of the past now,” is like criticizing the complaint of a rape victim because the rape they are complaining about isn’t currently happening. We have been metaphorically raped, folks—best way to describe it. Stripped of our dignity as children of God, to put it religiously, our bodies invaded, our autonomy trashed. There is no way to “un-rape” a victim. With the crime long past, it still holds all of its indignities, and a perpetrator can never, ever, be forgiven.
Not as bad as an actual rape? No, of course not, not as bad—yet—I think you get my point. Trust me, if this insanity continues, real rapes may be on the horizon as a result. Certainly more severe figurative ones than mask wearing and “let me see your papers.” This is why shouting from the rooftops about things such as Lupone’s screeching in NYC is so important. If we don’t become aware of this now, and make every effort to stop this train—this legion of Satan—it will soon be unstoppable.
Who are these people? Clear to me is that they believe they are something they are not. I am referring mostly to the righteous celebrity. The fundamental relationship celebrities have with their fans is that of superiority. This isn’t true with all of them, of course, but Ms. LuPone pretty much proved it is with her. It is a twisted bit of psychology to believe that fans are friends, but friends you have power over. They even feel offended with the idea that fans are patrons. Consider one response Ms. LuPone received from another “theatre goer”—“we pay your salary!” “Bullshit!!,” retorted Patti. “Chris Harper does!” Hmmm. And who gives the money to Mr. Harper to pay her?
What is going on in New York, as I am certain is repeated anywhere there are theatres and actors, is rather curious. Audiences seem to be fine, in fact seem to be honored, to play the leper. They are happy to be damaged and inferior, and lay their offerings (their masks and vaccine passes) down at the feet of their gods with the hope they will bestow upon them their graces and sing, dance, and act for their wonderment. This is just one perspective, and I must say here, respectfully, that this isn’t true for every theatregoer. It just seems this mask thing, as well as vaccine passport thing, has brought this perspective out like it has never been clearly brought out before. Although all those on stage are certainly way beyond the six foot “social distancing” required by the authority of the state, those actors still clearly acknowledge what a sacrifice they must make to perform for the diseased masses. These inferior masses are in “their place”—sitting dutifully in their seats, after having paid an enormous sum of money, with their little symbols of respect: the cloth mask securely attached over their mouth and nose. God forbid they “break the rules of worship.” Ms. LuPone showed us the consequences of that for sure. As did the smiling, smirking, colleagues she shared the stage with. “Get the fuck out!” she spews, literally spraying her oral excrement on her fellow thespians. But no, that’s ok! It is the peon audience member who is the problem. The leper. The lowly worshiper. I cannot say what the smirks on the stage were about, I am speculating, and I certainly could be wrong. Maybe they thought Ms. LuPone was a raving lunatic, I am sure they are familiar with her diva status since they share the stage with her. But who knows…no one spoke up, that’s for sure.
Such a belligerent display of moral superiority, narcissism, and arrogance I don’t think can be imagined. Now we clearly enter the age of accepted hate and ugliness. I am not specifically attacking stage actors, I come from a family of actors, and I respect their talent probably more than most people. In fact, I used to be a huge fan of Patti LuPone! I am using this situation as a clear example of how this insanity and divisiveness has literally gone to some people’s heads. It is shameful to say the least. And it is showing up everywhere, not just on Broadway.
So what does Satan’s legions have to do with this? Carl Jung, the famous Swiss psychiatrist who lived in the mid part of the 20th Century, was known for a lot of talk about the shadow that resides in all human beings. This is where the demons are, and they can be called out if conditions are favorable to them. Many people have integrated these demons, but most, in my opinion, have not. This little explanation, or perspective, I have given here about this isolated incident at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre in NYC is a small example of the effectiveness of a particular situation to bring out these demons—the legions of Satan. What makes what we are going through now in the world so special, is that Satan and his demons, whatever they might be, are consciously being released onto the world. Which, as you are probably thinking, is not a good thing. People seem to be becoming so brazen, so comfortable, in spewing hate. The demons compel them to do this: to express this moral superiority, arrogance, and righteousness.
In metaphysical circles there is the concept of the “Egregore” which is a supernatural force that emanates from the collective thought of a group of people. Most often associated with evil; it was suggested during the war with the Nazi’s that Hitler’s regime created an evil egregore that permeated the people of Germany. I believe it is possible that an egregore is being formed now—the legion of demons at Satan’s command. And if you believe in evil incarnate or the work of an actual Satan in the world, then you certainly could describe what is happening with this sort of terminology. In the future I will be writing an article on the egregore and how this concept could be playing out in our current world situation.
In the meantime, if you visit a Broadway theatre, be sure your mask is securely fastened to your face or else you may be violently assailed by Satan and his legion of demons.