Avenue Q wins Tony for Best Musical

I
am not going to pretend that I have seen this show and that I can
actually judge it or its creators’ intentions, but I will give my
standard knee-jerk reaction. I have heard the song, “Everyone’s A Little Bit Racist.” (Or as the Asian Character Christmas Eve
says, “Evlyone’s a ritter bit lacist!.”) From what I gather, the show’s
writers are a lot a bit racist. It seems to me to be the curse of the
entitled hipster at work. I think there is something clever and
somewhat true in the song’s lyrics, but then it proceeds to introduce a
shockingly awful FOB-by stereotype.

One review from New York Wire reads:

“We’ve
got a raunchy, supposedly comic, supposedly hip musical about types
(actually stereotypes) that you find in New York, or any big city.
There are the usual suspects: gays, blacks, racists, feminists, Asians,
college dropouts, interracial couples, and sex–lots of sex. And this
motley group do numbers that try to satirize contemporary issues, songs
intended to be witty, even fashionable like “Everyone’s a Little
Racist,” “If You Were Gay,” “I’m not Wearing Underwear Today,” “The
Internet is for Porn,” and some self-depreciating numbers about their
own personality. All of which may be chic in the mind of the creators,
but more often the numbers are offensive rather than clever.”

It
seems like the show’s creators use the uiseofpost-modern referential
humor to mask the fact that they are just perpetuating the Ching-Chong
broken English character for the sake of laughs. I hope it isn’t true,
but I’m pretty sure it is. (Actually, I had a friend tell me of his
experience watching the show:

” i went with my girlfriend
and her mom and we walked out in the first fifteen minutes and got a
refund. it’s total racist crap. should have known as soon as i saw the
Asian girl married to a white guy wearing a kimono with a fake FOB
accent.”

Just thought I’d bring it up in case any of
you were planning on coming to New York and wanted to see an
award-winning show. They describe the show as a “Sesame Street for
grown-ups” yet I don’t ever remember watching “Sesame Street” and feeling oppressed. Maybe that’s what’s “grown-up” about it.