Counter Tenors Unite!

This sure seems like discrimination to me:

Singing soprano is for girls only in Texas’ elite All-State Choir, eliminating a 17-year-old boy’s chance to audition for a statewide honor and raising questions about gender discrimination.

As someone who sings countertenor, I can vouch that the ladies don’t like it when I sing alto or soprano…divas don’t like another voice in the fray (especially one that’s on pitch!).
Now here’s some beautiful logic for you:

Taylor said the policy doesn’t amount to discrimination because Rawls can try out for any of the more traditional male parts.

By the same line of reasoning Rosa Parks wasn’t descriminated against becuase there were other seats on the bus she could have sat in. I love it.
Now, normally in a situation like this you would expect the lawsuits to be flying, but to the family’s eternal credit his mother said

“We just don’t think that would be the right thing to do.”

I hope he keeps singing countertenor. It has a lovely tone and there’s a lot of fun found in watchng the audience’s reaction when they hear a man singing so high.

5 Responses to “Counter Tenors Unite!”

  1. Mr. Bingley says:

    PS – And keep starching the boxers…

  2. Nightfly says:

    Jon Anderson was unavailable for comment at press time…

  3. Nightfly says:

    Washington (AP) – Today President George W. Bush unveiled new plans to oppose what he called “domestic musical insurgence,” naming Mikhael Rawls his new Head of Counter Tenorism.
    Rawls will train in harmonics with Brian Wilson, under the supervision and accompaniment of Condoleeza Rice.
    “Other countries have had a long head start in these programs,” the President said, noting the accomplishments of Australia’s Gibb Brothers and England’s Jon Anderson. “There’s even that ‘Take on Me’ feller,” he said. “We can’t fall behind some one-hit wonders in this vital area. ‘Sides, boy sings like an angel.”
    Critics dismissed the idea as foolish and said that traditional efforts from the country’s altos and sopranos were sufficient. “This raises the grim specter of vocal manipulation, the way the Nazis tortured Michael Jackson,” Senator Dick Durbin (D, IL) said.
    But others applauded the move as long overdue. “We can’t make do with some crappy falsetto like the Canadians do with Geddy Lee,” said House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R, TX). “Smokey Robinson has served this great nation for forty years and it’s time he had some official support.”
    The President said that the new agency will not increase taxpayer burdens, taking over the budget of Frank Sinatra’s former agency, the now-defunct Office of Movin’ and a-Groovin’.

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