i remember my brain melting a little when I found out that AUTHORS OF MAGAZINE ARTICLES ARE NOT ALLOWED FINAL SAY on the titles of their articles…or the blurbs on the fronts of magazines that contain them. the higher-ups do what they want and your article on a controversial feminist movement can and often will be reduced to “WOULD YOU GO TOPLESS TO GET A PAY RISE” on the front of cosmo. (exhibit a)
i didn’t learn it the hard way until about three years ago when i starred in “cabaret” in boston. it was a huge production - 42 performances - and the director of the show was my old mentor and high-school drama director, steven bogart (who is absolutely amazing and for whom i have the utmost respect). the boston globe (our huge local paper) interviewed and photographed us at a rehearsal, then ran a preview article which was deep and incredibly well-written, accompanied by the above photo (exhibit b).
the headline - on the front page of the arts section - was “HOT FOR TEACHER”. (look at the photo again). our hearts absolutely sank in horror. steven’s wife was really embarrassed. i wanted to crawl under a table. it was just fucking awful. of ALL the headlines they could have picked regarding a highly political musical that deals with homosexuality, abortion, the holocaust and the human condition…that’s what they picked.
we complained to the globe and they changed the online title (see above) but the damage had already been done. (here’s a link to the article itself). we were informed that the choice of headline had nothing to do with the writer of the article. it’d been dreamt up by a party whose job it was to think up eye-catching headlines.
tangent: i wonder what would have happened had the genders been reversed. if my role of the EmCee (traditionally a male role but we gender-bent a lot of the cast) had been played by a male and he’d been posing in his weimer-era outfit, a la alan cumming, with his old female mentor/director, do you think the globe would have posted the same headline? highly doubt it. today’s food for thought.
- Reblogged from amandapalmer