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Georgia mayor up for re-election bans stage production of “Rocky Horror Show”

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In the city of Carrollton, Georgia, home of West Georgia University, the director of the Carrollton production of "The Rocky Horror Show" has been scrambling to scare up funding after Mayor J. Wayne Garner ruled that the production was risque and thus unsuitable for the city's Cultural Arts Center. Garner overruled the community leaders who comprise the theater's board, who had committed $2,500 of city funds to the production. 

Most people know The Rocky Horror Picture Show as the long-running midnight cult movie where fans dress up as the characters and shout the lines along with the actors. But two years before the 1975 film adaptation, it was actually a rock musical, "The Rocky Horror Show," written by Richard O'Brien and performed in London.

Mayor Garner, who's conveniently up for re-election, put a stop to the performance after someone showed him a video of one of the rehearsals. He said, "I found [the video he saw of the rehearsal] very offensive, not in keeping with the community of Carrollton, if you will. I know this community well. If that play was allowed to proceed… we'd be run out of town."

The play's director, Michelle Rougier, wondered:

"It was too risque for them, but it's 'The Rocky Horror Show.' You would imagine they knew, since they were the ones who signed all the contracts and got everything together and did all the advertising, that they knew what 'Rocky Horror' was all about. [The play] is a farce. It's making fun of all the 1950s science-fiction shows. It should not be taken seriously."

It's also interesting to note that, on the city's own website, D. Tim Clark writes that Mayor Garner and other local pols often get together on Fridays for lunch at a BBQ joint. And according to Clark:

"And just this past year The Information Age received multiple calls from multiple sources regarding the four political cronies' behavior at lunch. They were laughing, cutting up, cussing, and telling the nastiest jokes, doing so with total disregard of everyone else in the restaurant (patrons included women and young children). They were asked by the waitress to please 'tone it down,' but their X-rated discussions continued."