Political Showdown at the Ballet: Mouse King Koch gets booed at the Ballet

January 5, 2011 at 5:20 pm in Class War by IfLizWereQueen


Over the holidays David Koch was on the receiving end of a Bronx Cheer. (made by sticking out the tongue between the lips and blowing to make a sound reminiscent of flatulence) 

David H. Koch, the co-owner of Koch Industries, the largest privately-own industrial conglomerate in the US, came out on stage to talk about his $2.5m sponsorship of the production of “Nutcracker” ballet performance by Alexei Ratmansky, which was given a special opening performance at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

Most people applauded but there were many boos from the audience as well.


Until recently Koch and his brother have flown under the radar as members of that elite club of the incredibly wealthy who are invisible to American and yet make all the decisions that most affect the quality of our lives.

Even though many writers such as the Queen (just search under “Koch” and you’ll see) have been reporting on the Koch brothers for several years, it was not really until this August when the New Yorker ran a piece about them that their reputation became more fully known to the public.

The New Yorker ran a major investigative piece on the Koch Brothers. It focused on such causes at the 2004 Swift Boat vets attack on John Kerry, the campaign against global warming science and the financial underpinnings of the Tea Party movement.

The piece exposed contradictions. Koch Industries has campaigned against regulation of cancer-causing chemicals, but David Koch has given $40 million to the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York.

Proclaim the Queen!