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"The musical's often ribald humor and trenchant social satire may someday merit comparison to the most highly regarded works of Aristophanes, a fellow debunker of established tastes."
Douglas on Aristophanes

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Justice Douglas Part Concurrence, Part Dissent
March 18,1975
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There was much testimony in the district court concerning the pungent social and political commentary which the musical "Hair" levels against various sacred cows of our society: the Vietnam War, the draft, and the puritanical conventions of the establishment. This commentary is undoubtedly offensive to some, but its contribution to social consciousness and intellectual ferment is a positive one. In this respect, the musical's often ribald humor and trenchant social satire may someday merit comparison to the most highly regarded works of Aristophanes, a fellow debunker of established tastes and received wisdom, yet one whose offerings would doubtless meet with a similarly cold reception at the hands of establishment censors.



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