Orthodox activists interrupted the play “The Ideal Husband” at the Chekhov Moscow Art Theater, having stepped on the stage at the moment when the actor who played the homosexual priest was praying to a naked woman hanging above the stage, portraying the crucified Jesus Christ.
They went up to the stage and, for about 5 minutes, told the audience that what was happening on the scenes was blasphemy, and it could not be acceptable in public space.
The activists concluded their speech with a call for caring viewers to leave the play in protest. Part of the audience got up and left.
After that, security guards of the Moscow Art Theater began to beat the young people, forcibly removing them from the scene.
Orthodox public organizations filed lawsuits and wrote applications to the internal affairs bodies for insulting the feelings of believers. That initiated a collection of signatures, seeking the termination of the performance and the termination of employment for all those guilty of blasphemy on the stage of the Moscow Art Theater.
The play “The Ideal Husband” was staged by director Konstantin Bogomolov based on the works of Oscar Wilde. Bogomolov is known for his radical and provocative performances containing elements of satire on reality.
In this presentation there is homosexual propaganda, pedophilia, debauchery, drug addiction, and also frank blasphemy. For example, one of the main characters is the “Orthodox” priest Father Artemy, who participates in homosexual acts, sells children, blasphemes Holy Communion, and is engaged in cannibalism.
We asked several leading Orthodox priests the following question:
How do you assess this performance, and the actions of these Orthodox activists?
Igumen Vitaly (Utkin), priest in the Ivanovo-Voznesensk diocese, head of the diocesan department for interaction between the Church and society:
I consider all this to be direct, blatant blasphemy. I think that this is a direct violation of the law on the protection of religious feelings of believers. Therefore, from my point of view, such performances should be prohibited.
I support the courageous act of the Orthodox activists, who denounced these blasphemies. I consider it confessional.
It is a pity that many Orthodox Christians respond with indifference to the abuse of their faith.