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Tim McCulloch:

--- Quote from: Spenser Hamilton on June 08, 2021, 09:51:58 AM ---Imagine getting a whole Legion shut down because you decided to inject your own politics into a community event, hope they are proud of themselves.

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The fellow resigned, the lady has not (as of yesterday) yet.  The Legion chapter's charter is being revoked by the state-level organization.

All because someone didn't think that the origin story was important because it was about non-white people.  As a profession that delivers the "story telling" of others, this is outrageous.

Doug Fowler:

--- Quote from: Tim McCulloch on June 08, 2021, 10:27:53 AM ---The fellow resigned, the lady has not (as of yesterday) yet.  The Legion chapter's charter is being revoked by the state-level organization.

All because someone didn't think that the origin story was important because it was about non-white people.  As a profession that delivers the "story telling" of others, this is outrageous.

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Garrison should resign from both the local post and the AL proper, with a meaningful apology.  I don't think the entire Post should be punished.  I'm not sure how Ladies' Aux is chartered but Suchan should also resign from both, local and national. 

They put AJ in a very difficult position requiring a real time decision.  In retrospect I feel he did the right thing.  One question is whether AJ knew the content of the portion to be muted.  And, I wonder who the actual client was? 

Brian Jojade:
This is a very valid question, and maybe should be something included in contracts that spells out who has the final say on if or when sound should be cut, for whatever reason.

The last thing I'd want is for it to be MY decision.

Unless otherwise directed, PA is rented and whatever you decide to say or perform is up to you.

Realistically, if someone is going off topic for an event, there are 3 options available:

1. Let it happen and do nothing
2. Simply cut the audio to the offending device
3. Have someone personally confront the speaker to get them to stop.

Without a clear plan in place on when and how to implement each scenario, decisions made on the spot could be very difficult to make.

As an audio provider, the only time I'd cut audio is if what they are doing has the direct potential to cause damage to the equipment. Never based on the content itself.

I have done work for events where there are mics in the audience and the producer is my direct contact that has the authority to tell me to cut audio.  In those cases, the point of contact with that authority is very specific.  Since I don't know the potential chain of command, it doesn't matter if the producer's boss wants me to cut audio.  If the producer says let it go, that's who I am to respond to.  Luckily, I've never had to test THAT potential problem...

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