Faggot-phobia at the Walker and the Children's Theatre?

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Want your band to be on the cover of City Pages? Be careful what you wish for. Last year, confrontational hard rockers Faggot were pretty much unknown outside the local punk scene before they appeared on the cover, timed to coincide with Pride weekend ("Out Loud" 6/21/06). The article described anal sex onstage with a guitar, song-titles including "Have an Abortion," and the personal backstory of singer Tim Carroll, who recalled giving a priest oral sex at age 14, then added, "I'm not going to sue the church. I liked that guy's dick."

Within weeks, Carroll received an email dismissing him from his stage door job at the Children's Theatre Company, where he'd worked for three years. More recently, Faggot was left out of this Saturday's Walker Art Center Teen Arts Council-sponsored rock and roll scavenger hunt March of Madness: Bands on the Run!, organized by artist Michael Gaughan, who had included the band in two previous versions of the event, and had informally invited the group to participate again—until, apparently, somebody read the article.

When Carroll requested an explanation from the Children's Theatre last year, managing director Teresa Eyring sent him a July 26 letter stating: "CTC discharged you because of a recent article in City Pages that contains statements attributed to you regarding your personal conduct. CTC students brought the article to our attention. The quoted statements and the public image of you that the statements promote are inappropriate and unacceptable for an employee of CTC."

She didn't mention the reason why the company might be overly skittish about such matters: 23 years ago, CTC's co-founder was convicted of having sexual relations with three boys at the theater, a scandal that has hung over the place ever since.

Carroll, meanwhile, has let the issue go, though he remains stung. "I never missed a day of work, and I did a good job," he says. "But at the same time, I can understand, given their history. When you go to work there, you have to sign a 20-page document that's mostly about child abuse. But their kids are perfectly safe with me."

As for the Walker, teen programs manager Witt Siasoco says he simply didn't think he could trust the musicians to keep their clothes on during the show. "It's more their live performance, not the name," he says.

Which only goes to prove that even in this un-shock-able age, rock bands can still go too far—even for the Walker.


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