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The Relevance of Rent

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I just finished performing Rent and was reflecting about the many ways which this powerful the musical about  a community of artists in alphabet city struggling with love and relationships against aids epidemic feels so relevant in post trump ( I call him pumpkin ) Amerika !!Originally performed in 1996 Rent is as relevant now as it was 21 years ago. Here are 8 reasons why.

 1.  The overall message of rent is  LOVE is all there is! LOVE Trumps hate!  As the most famous song in Rent (Seasons of love) says –  how do you measure time?: In …. Love

2.  Rent is about the power of community! – we are still better and stronger together!  No accident that Hilary was #stronger together – 45  wants to divide us !

3. How we are going to make our lives count – give into love or give into fear !!! Again, great advise for OUR COUNTRY post Cheeto presidency –  choose love not fear!

4. Pence  on LGBTQ issues can not be underestimated !!!  hello – this is a guy who supports conversion therapy!  Collins and Angel and Maureen and Joanne’s love shows true tenderness  !!!  This is how we  fight prejudice!

5.  CHEETO wants to cut  the NEA !!!hello!!do I have to repeat we need to support artists!!!!!!! Rent is about artists struggling to make a difference  !!! Clearly art still matters and the struggle continues !!!!

6.  Rich developers are taking over the lower east side – !!!! 20 years later the oligarchs  have taken over more than the lower east side – they have taken over Amerika (count  the  multi multi billionaires in the cabinet)money rules more than ever !!!!!

7. Still important to keep up conversation about  AIDS – AIDS is still particularly acute in Subsaharan Africa where Cheetoh has reinstated the Mexico City policy which is stopping US  foreign aid for  organizations that perform abortion services !! Guess what? These organizations losing there funding also distribute condoms !!! Guess Cheetoh doesn’t care if world wide aids rates rise as proved by  4! Let’s not forget that when Pence was governor of Indiana a massive outbreak of HIV occurred  which was caused by his public health funding cuts and stance against needle exchange !!

8.7 .  Just saying the songs in Rent are great !!!! It’s a really well written musical!!

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