Now, one thing that should be said about me is that I’m shy. Painfully shy at times, to be perfectly honest. I’m working on it, but it’s still hard for me to speak up some times.
Anyway. I work for a theater company as a part time employee, as I’m still in school.
My job includes everything from selling merchandise during the shows, to picking up messages in the office. It’s a pretty cool job, to be fair. So, please, call me MerchMunch. :]
Anyway, on the story/rant. During last year’s shows, I worked the merchandise table with my sister. We are behind the table before the show, during intermission, and after the shows.
During the intermissions, it’s not uncommon for people to stay out in the lobby and hang around until the end of the show, usually because whoever they were with wanted to watch the rest of the show and they didn’t.
One man in particular was wandering around the lobby, while my sister and I are talking quietly behind our table, pretty much minding our own business. She leaves to go to the bathroom, and over comes the wanderer.
He strikes up a conversation with me which is no biggie. Our audience is mostly seniors, as is the cast of our show. We’re used to chatting about grandkids and vacations people took.
This guy however, wasn’t looking for such niceties.
No, he wanted to talk religion.
He continued on about how horrible gay people were, how it was “wrong” and all that.
Now, I’m of the absolute opposite opinion, despite also being a heterosexual Christian. I’ve been to many a gay pride parade, with many a gay friend. I’m the first person to stand up for gay rights, and human rights in general.
However, me, being too shy and an employee, can’t speak up and tell the guy to suck it. I stand there, listening to this guy’s bullshit until my sister comes back and gives him the stank eye.
He wanders away and I don’t see him again.
What would you do in that situation?
Speak up and tell the bigot assclown to get lost, or smile and nod?