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Theater Sorry for Adding Sarah Palin Diss to “The Mikado” Stage

By: Bill Waters
Staff Writer
Feb 2, 2021

Theater sorry for adding Sarah Palin diss to “The Mikado” stage. Gilbert and Sullivan’s theater is sorry for adding Sarah Palin miss diss to “The Mikado” presentation. The issue was raised last week in a letter to a local newspaper from a reader.

A U.S. theater group has apologized for updating Gilbert and Sullivan’s comedic opera “The Mikado” by having the character of Ko-Ko, the Lord High Executioner, list Sarah Palin among people who would not be missed.

MCT Community Theatre executive director Michael McGill told the Missoulian newspaper, “Oh man, we made a mistake.”

The issue was raised Friday in a letter to the newspaper from a reader who said he was offended by the reference, especially in light of the shooting of Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, of Arizona.

Several bloggers criticized MCT.

However, director Curt Olds and others noted the pacifist executioner’s target list is often updated to make it relevant. Olds says Palin was added because she is one of the most well-known people in the country.

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