The month after we observed the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks, the Metropolitan Opera, one of the world’s most prestigious cultural institutions, will bow to forces of anti-Semitism and pro-terrorist sentiment. The Met is to present an obscene opera titled “The Death of Klinghoffer” — a musical celebration of the senseless murder by Palestinian monsters of a defenseless, elderly Jewish New Yorker.
People of good conscience are not taking this artistic assault lying down.
“Are we in hell?” veteran actor Tony Lo Bianco asked me.
“I don’t know who we are anymore,” he said. “Our values have been destroyed. We’ve gone politically correct, and we’ve destroyed ourselves.”
Since it was first produced at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in 1991, “The Death of Klinghoffer” has outraged some audiences. But it also has inspired hatred among people of all religions with its romantic portrayal of an act of violence committed by creatures who don’t deserve to breathe air.
The opera, by American composer John Adams with a libretto by his countrywoman Alice Goodman, dramatizes the murder — not merely the “death,” as the title implies — of Leon Klinghoffer.
The retired 69-year old businessman, confined to a wheelchair after a stroke, was slain off the coast of Egypt as he took a cruise on the ship Achille Lauro with his wife, Marilyn, to celebrate their 36th wedding anniversary in October 1985. Members of the Palestine Liberation Front hijacked the ship. Before they surrendered, a butcher shot Klinghoffer in the back.
While he still breathed, the savages dumped him, along with his wheelchair, into the Mediterranean Sea. Marilyn Klinghoffer, 58, died four months later of cancer in New York.
A South African judge on Friday declared that the Olympic athlete, who runs on carbon-fiber blades that replace his amputated legs below the knees, is guilty only of culpable homicide — like manslaughter in America — in last year’s shooting death of his model girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. She was 29.
The judge found Pistorius, 27, not guilty of premeditated murder or murder, saying there wasn’t evidence to prove that Pistorius knew that Steenkamp was behind a bathroom door in his Pretoria, South Africa, home when he fired the gun. At trial, he testified that he thought Steenkamp was an intruder. Please.
Now Pistorius faces anywhere from a suspended sentence to 15 years behind bars. He should have been nailed for premeditated murder.
Arnold has the starring role in paint misbehavin'
That’s cold. The face of the estranged wife of former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Maria Shriver, was hastily erased with a smudge of blue paint from a portrait unveiled at the statehouse in Sacramento last week, The Post reported. When the actor-turned-politician-turned-actor posed for the picture in 2003, Shriver’s face smiled from a lapel pin on the 67-year-old “Terminator’’ star’s chest.
It was revealed in 2010 that, while married, Schwarzenegger fathered a son, now 16, with his family’s housekeeper, Mildred Baena, 53. But Shriver, 58 — a member of the Kennedy clan who’s now an NBC “special anchor’’ — got the last laugh, The Post’s Tara Palmeri reported. She conducted an illicit affair with her hubby’s chief campaign strategist Matthew Dowd, 53, that began in 2006. She even brought him to the wedding of her cousin Robert F. Kennedy Jr., 60, to actress Cheryl Hines, 48, in August.
The couple has yet to make their divorce final.
Better hurry up before this war of passive-aggression goes nuclear.
Ray Rice still has the devil to pay
Ray Rice and his Stockholm syndrome-suffering lady have found religion.
Rice, 27, an unemployed running back, was cut from the Baltimore Ravens and suspended indefinitely by the National Football League after video surfaced of him knocking unconscious his then-fiancée, Janay Palmer Rice, 26, in a hotel and casino’s elevator back in February. About a month after the beatdown, the pair got baptized together in a Baltimore church, then married soon afterward. Janay Rice forgives her hub.