July 7, 2009

Slow Boil

I love Christopher Plummer. Really. I think he's awesome. I could watch him act in anything, anytime, anywhere. He could pretend to be anything at all, and I would no doubt be enraptured.

Unlike Mr. Plummer, however, Garth Drabinsky isn't an actor. He wasn't supposed to be pretending anything. Like pretending his public company was clicking along so deep in the black that investors should rush to throw money at him. Half a billion dollars worth of belief in those pretend documents, in fact. And his staff became his main cast, performing improv with the books, making sure this giant could keep bringing theatre starved hordes their newest, bravest shows.

Like most house of cards charades, this one fell down. And ripped off a lot of people. But in the best sense of Canadian good-heartedness, letters from the stars are pouring in, urging the court to go easy on Mr. Drabinsky. After all, it's not like he benefited from his little financial hiccups. He was practically performing charity work - and should be swatted on the hand and told not to do it again.

Really? Read this piece from Bruce Weber in the New York Times, from 1998. Drabinsky was hauling in 1.5 million bucks a year. And you couldn't turn around without smacking something he had his hand in. But now all this crybaby nonsense that he didn't hurt anyone?

He has trashed the reputations of anyone who worked for him. He has lived a decadent life on the backs of investors who were fed fraudulent information. And now, he has all the backing of the arts community, begging for him to be let off? Bet none of them invested a nickel with him. Easy to be generous when you lay low enough for the thresher to miss you.

But he's in debt! He's having to sell his artwork to survive! This, this pisses me off. When rich folk moan and whine that they have to unload expensive indulgences just to survive. Wish I could sell all the boys' fridge artwork to pay the bills.

He is a crook. Period. I don't care if he entertained me. I really don't. We all have dreams, and most of us don't scam people to live them out. To knowingly perpetrate a mass fraud, waste millions of tax dollars to have it proven, and to weep before the court for leniency is vile. And to stand up for this is to tell me you really believe there should be one set of laws for some of us, and another for the rest.

Dim the lights, and drop the curtain. It really doesn't matter how much lipstick you smear on this one.


Anonymous buzzwhack said...

Well put. I remember the Livent scam and all the shady connections "Grabinsky" had over the years. I never understood how he got so many chances to swindle people. My only explantion is he was working with like minded crooks with a smooth facade of respectability. Let Grabinsky learn square dancing with Connie in prison.

July 07, 2009 10:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Swing your partner round and round, put him the toilet, flush him down.

July 09, 2009 9:22 AM  
Blogger Chris Brown (not the felon) said...

Oooo, oooo, oooo. Did you see that Chris Plummer (I can call him that 'cause I'm a Christopher too) is in a new show? I saw it advertised on TV the other day and I can't remember if it's a made for TV or a movie.

Keep your eyes peeled.

July 12, 2009 1:46 AM  

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