October 21, 2014 8:54 am -

Rudolph W. Giuliani[su_r_sky_ad]We saw this coming from a mile away! So Rudy Giuliani and a cohort of his pals decide to picket New York’s Metropolitan Opera for staging John Adams’ opera “The Death of Klinghoffer”, claiming (wrongly) that the opera is anti-Semitic (in fact, the only sympathetic characters are Klinghoffer and his wife). The protests appeared to completely backfire, according to Norman Lebrecht’s dishy classical music blog Slipped Disc, where one of his New York colleagues writes:

The extraordinarily vocal demonstrators guaranteed that the Metropolitan premiere of “The Death of Klinghoffer” would be a success. Most in attendance were so appalled by the uneducated and irrational brouhaha, they were revved to show their support for the Met, the composer and the performers. Conductor David Robertson never received the kind of frenzied ovation he got just for coming out.

And that’s the way it was all evening: a politicized occasion that backfired for the supposed righteous. And at the end, the person receiving the most applause was John Adams.

D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

12 responses to Rudy Fail! Protest Against ‘Klinghoffer’ Opera Backfire

  1. tracey marie October 21st, 2014 at 9:06 am

    mr. 9-11 needs to shut up and just go home to the tramp he brought into the mansion while his wife was still there

    • rg9rts October 21st, 2014 at 9:47 am


  2. R.J. Carter October 21st, 2014 at 9:13 am

    If you’re going to protest an opera, you buy tickets and wait until the Intermission is over — then break out in song.

    • Anomaly 100 October 21st, 2014 at 12:14 pm

      They did interrupt the show. Btw, Ruth Badass Ginsburg attended.

      “By the time opera ended, with a roar of cheers when Mr. Adams took the stage, there had been two major disruptions: Before the intermission, a man shouted “The murder of Klinghoffer will never be forgiven” several times before being escorted out, and during the second half, just after the character of Leon Klinghoffer was murdered, a woman cried out a vulgarity and left, accompanied by ushers.”

      Le source:

    • tiredoftea October 21st, 2014 at 1:23 pm

      Just like the Ferguson protesters.

  3. rg9rts October 21st, 2014 at 9:47 am

    USS Liberty

  4. JimmyPete October 21st, 2014 at 10:38 am

    Rudy Rudy Rudy, please you have morphed from hero to douche-bag, go back to your bunker,as you are making some wonder were you really ever a hero? cause it’s starting to seem that you were always a douche bag.

    • GreatLakeSailor October 21st, 2014 at 11:57 am

      He always was, and he always will be.

    • tiredoftea October 21st, 2014 at 1:22 pm

      He was never a hero, he just played one on TV.

      • OldLefty October 21st, 2014 at 1:38 pm

        He was never a hero, he just played one on TV.


        He was just the only authority figure that was out there, on 9/11 when Bush/Cheney had “disappeared”… translation; run away.

        • tiredoftea October 21st, 2014 at 5:43 pm

          Yes, Rudy liked the TV cameras! The decade’s very own Alexander Haig after Reagan was shot.

  5. tiredoftea October 21st, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    Culture in the U.S., right wing style.