I thoroughly enjoyed "Charlotte Squawks," the ninth annual musical lampoon of our area's characters, institutions and foibles. But something feels amiss.
There are spoofs of Congress and the N.C. General Assembly. Mayor Anthony Foxx makes frequent appearances, and Pat McCrory's dance number is inspired. Mecklenburg County gets three whole songs, for the county commission, County Manager Harry Jones' departure and the revaluation flub. Even the Observer's paywall got a poke, to the tune of "Skyfall."
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I could claim it's because the cast hasn't found lookalikes for Superintendent Heath Morrison or school board Chair Mary McCray. But the truth is, this crew just isn't very funny.
It wasn't long ago that the district's leaders provided regular fodder for skewering. Remember when the board was regularly described as divided and dysfunctional? When national consultants used videos of CMS board meetings as examples of chaotic governance? When protesters were getting hauled out of board meetings in handcuffs?
If you don't like the current board's direction, it's probably not much consolation that they're working more cohesively. But it's got to be a good thing for the community when the folks in charge of educating children behave like grown-ups.
Of course, reporters take a perverse pride in covering the wackiest characters in town. I admit to feeling some nostalgia for the days when a new superintendent took office and promptly tried to ban a children's book about gay penguins.
"If they do anything funny or absurd or worth making fun of, that will find its way into the news," Collins added helpfully.
Well, I can always hope for a good laugh. But we might have to settle for a leadership team that seems to have gone sane.