Mr. Helmhurst, since you have chosen this open forum to challenge my ruling on Mr. Johnson's probationary suspension, I will answer it here as well.
At "The World is a Stage" we have a standard of "information with a smile". We are dedicated to publishing interesting stories that are theatrical and yes... funny. Some of Mr. Johnson's stories have been just that. In fact some of the writing he did during his Broadway days was exemplary. However, his writing seems to have taken a much darker turn after his recent assignment in London. References to "Dickless Producers" and rants on the beloved users of FaceBook caused us to take actions we have never had to take before. We were forced to set guidelines for the blog. (Note, Rules for Blog July 30. 2008)
In the month that followed Mr. Johnson grew continually more serious and humorless in his blogs and often resorted to posting "videos" instead of writing. Although he was given Sunday's off to help his "creative flow" the quality did not improve. I have not laughed once since early August.
However, the blog he submitted for the August 30th publication was depressing, demeaning and de-worst. We will not let him exploit this blog to air his depressions even if they are a cry for help. There is too much competition for internet time to let him continue to write from this "dark side" as you put it.
The suspension will remain in effect until such time as we receive a funny, non offensive, clever and uplifting blog to publish.
J. Arthur Tildad,
Editor at Large - The World is a Stage.