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Why I’m breaking up with the Lyric Opera House

(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

By Sonja Kinzer

The Lyric has always been special to me.  Eighteen years ago my husband and I had our first date at the Lyric.  That night, and every other event we’ve since attended and eventually brought our daughter to, held that same sparkle for me.  Going to the Lyric has always been a special treat and I’m more than a little sad to see that sparkle fade.  I’ll again go to the Lyric.  I’ll be there tomorrow in fact.  For this event, I hope others will join me.  If not, that’s alright too.  It’s just something I personally feel the need to do.

Finding out that the Lyric was hosting Bill Cosby tomorrow (3/27/15), a man who has been accused of some of the most revolting and violent crimes against women that this country has ever seen, has made me so internally angry and sad.  I called them.  I left a message.  Others have left messages.  I asked for a phone call.  Others asked to have their calls returned.  Nothing.  This I did not understand.  Hello?!  I felt like screaming…I am your demographic!  Over here!  I’m the woman who has the kid you want me to bring to Cinderella.  I’m the one you wanted to come see Celtic Women…yeah, I’m her.  Only, no one bothered to see me at all.  Just like no one is really paying any attention to the many, many women who have come forward with their horror stories.

My problem is two-fold.  Firstly, I want the Lyric to cancel this show already!  I want them to care about me more than they care about him.  I mean, I guess that’s the bottom line, right?  Don’t try and sell my daughter the fairy tale with productions like Cinderella, while you are booking this nightmare.  Secondly, I want the archaic and unrealistic statute of limitations to be lifted so victims of sexual assault and rape can come forward and seek justice when they find themselves strong enough to do it.  I am tired of states telling victims that if they haven’t come forward within 4 years, or x number of years after being brutalized, they have no recourse.  Sorry, you’re just out of luck.

When you have been hurt at the level we are talking about with these women, the last thing you want to do is remember.  And even if they wanted to, most of them can’t because of the nature of the alleged crimes.  It is a filthy thing to protect the rights of alleged criminals while bashing victims and denying them what should be their civil right to bring him into a court of law, WHENEVER they choose to do it.

Tomorrow I’ll be at the Lyric protesting the choice for them to go forward with this show in spite of the many disturbing  allegations that have been voiced by many brave women over the last several months. They are going forward in spite of how terribly hurtful it is to victims of abuse.   If you are of similar mind, and want to join me in voicing your disappointment and frustration, you will find me in front of the Lyric at 7pm.  I’ll be there with my makeshift sign, complete with my 7 year olds “Cinderella dress” waving in the air.  Don’t try and sell my daughter the fairy tale with productions like Cinderella, while you are booking this nightmare.