Broadway Actor Who Survived COVID Takes Flak For Planning To ‘Respectfully Disobey’ State Church Lockdowns

Broadway Actor Who Survived COVID Takes Flak For Planning To ‘Respectfully Disobey’ State Church Lockdowns


A Broadway actor who survived COVID-19 took heat for a Sunday post in which he expressed his intention to “respectfully disobey” Washington state’s restrictions on churches gatherings and indoor singing.

Chad Kimball, a Seattle native who was nominated in 2011 for a Tony for his performance in “Memphis,” also hit out at Democratic Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, suggesting that his renewed lockdown orders are an example of “gathering ‘benevolent’ TYRANNY.”

Posting a picture of the lockdown order that caps religious services in Washington state at 25% occupancy or 200 people, Kimball highlighted the part of the regulation that prohibits congregational singing and wrote, “Respectfully, I will never allow a Governor, or anyone, to stop me from SINGING, let alone sing in worship to my God. Folks, absolute POWER corrupts ABSOLUTELY. This is not about safety. It’s about POWER. I will respectfully disobey these unlawful orders.”

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“To be clear: nobody is going maskless,” Kimball added. “The overreach – in my

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