MOO! BE QUIET! LAMBCHOPS’ SECRET MISSION TO STEAL ALL OF THE COWS IN THE WORLD | Five Minute Play
“…we are doomed to live on fish and soybeans. You can’t milk a fish you know, I’ve tried.”— Lambchops, Moo! Be Quiet! Lambchops’ Secret Mission to Steal All of the Cows in the World
Commissioned by the CCTA Climate Change Theatre Action project 2021; this is the story of the not-so-bright Lambchops panic about not being able to eat hamburgers ever again.
Those who are observant you may have spotted that Moo! Be Quiet! Is another way of saying “Shut up cow!” This play was inspired by the courage and work of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in the face of resistance and opposition. I have seen countless speakers (typically middle-aged white men) trying to justify their position and desperate to cling to the status quo. Typically, the conservative position attempts to oversimplify and reduce ideas down to a sounding board that they can beat on to drum up fear about what might be lost instead of focusing on what might be gained. The rallying war cry against the GND was crystalized around fear of losing hamburgers, ice-creams and jet travel.
One of the US Senators opposing the Green New Deal summed up the fears of the conservative position in saying the resolution was an opportunity for the left to “…implement their radical vision for humanity.” Little did he realise that those with a hope for the future don’t see that as a threat but rather an opportunity to mobilise our economy around the needs of the planet rather than the pockets of corporations and the mega-rich.