The acclaimed New York monologuist Mike Daisey was performing his new show in Cambridge on Thursday night when, offended by the language in one sequence, 87 members of a Christian group got up and walked out, one follower of Christ's teachings pouring water over Daisey's notes before exiting. Daisey's account and video of the event are on his blog. The group apparently consisted of high school-age students and adults. Way to mentor, Hoodie John the Baptist.
Update 7:40 pm: In the comments, devolutionary writes 'While the video doesn't show the entire build-up to the walk-out, if the straw that broke the martyr's back was a "fucking Paris Hilton" joke, I'm surprised those people were allowed to go out to the theater.' I agree that a peripheral, allegorical reference to "fucking Paris Hilton" seems a slender provocation for so violent a response. My wife has a thought as to what exactly it was that drove the water spiller over the edge. He'd very likely heard that the show addressed (as it does) the events of September 11th and, perhaps not the most cultured person in the world, was expecting the evening's tone to be something like this. He never expected in a million years that anyone would discuss 9/11 and vulgarly describe sex with Paris Hilton in the same evening. Blind to context and having absolutely no understanding of what Mike Daisey was doing, the man processed what he was seeing in the only way that made sense to him: Mike Daisey was insulting America, for all intents and purposes drawing sexual graffiti over a "9/11 Never Forget" poster. Thus enraged, he passed his moral judgment.
Or maybe he just really hates the "f" word. But I suspect there was more to it than that.