From the New York Times:
Although the troubles have intensified this semester, they began when the college announced “Fun Home,” a memoir with themes that include sexual orientation, as the selection for a voluntary book experience last fall. For $52,000, the college bought thousands of copies of the book to distribute and arranged for its author, Alison Bechdel, to speak here.
But the selection angered religious conservatives. The Palmetto Family Council condemned the work as “pornographic,” a characterization its author disputes, and a state legislator, Garry R. Smith, ultimately led an effort to cut the college’s state budget allocation by $52,000. (Mr. Smith also targeted the University of South Carolina Upstate for a smaller reduction because of a different book selection.)
“Fun Home” is a critically-praised memoir by the cartoonist Alison Bechdel, which has also been made into a successful off-Broadway musical. In response to the controversy, the cast of the musical reunited for two performances in Charleston. But Republicans in South Carolina don’t believe that anyone should put on a play they don’t approve of:
Monday night’s staging of “Fun Home” — which was held off campus but hosted by the college — ratcheted up the confrontation further. Bright and several other state legislators said they viewed the event as a deliberate provocation and said they would seek to cut more funds from the school as a result. The earlier cuts, which were approved by the state House, are still under consideration by the state’s Senate.
Needless to say, this is anti-gay bigotry. And this is censorship. And this is the modern GOP.