Skip to comments.Amos and Andy and The Book of Mormon
Posted on 06/25/2011 10:48:16 AM PDT by Saundra Duffy
The creators of the play Book of Mormon have created the Amos and Andy for the South Park set. We may laugh, but our grandchildren will shudder as decent folk do at wits of the last century whose favorite dance was to jump Jim Crow.
The parts of the Book of Mormon I have seen are as innovative as a Newsies revival and as funny as the cruel, tasteless jokes told by an inebriated coworker at a Christmas party. The difference is that the coworker might sober up in the morning, but the mindless mockery that also gave us South Park will continue.
After all, the theater establishment toasted the two with Tonys and the insiders would never cheapen themselves by rewarding a play for picking on a minority religion loathed in the theater community or behave like decadent Romans horrified by a growing moral minority comforting the libertines by mocking the moral.
I cannot know for sure without seeing the entire play. If we assume the play a brilliant satire with PR unfortunate enough to release only the cruel and facile bits, then we are still left with two unfortunate truths about this play. First, the writers are cowards. They inflict pain and mockery on those already despised while going soft on the tired assumptions of their rich and powerful patrons. Second, in a pluralistic society they have targeted a group already misunderstood and discriminated against.
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No LDS ping list remains as far as I can determine. The Mormons have pretty much either been banned or banned themselves from FR. So the anti Mormons can rip and tear to their hearts’ desire.
I thought it might be interesting to read the comments from a REAL Christian for a change.
Of course no group has been as cruelly treated as African-Americans, but Mormons have a history of being persecuted. They have been exiled in their own land, but have returned unfailing devotion to our Constitution.
This new play will pander to our prejudices and treat our Mormon neighbors as we would never wish to be treated. Some Americans will allow it to confirm unthinking prejudice, while cowardly Mormons will applaud it hoping for crumbs of respectability.
Meanwhile the actual Mormons in our midst will keep paying taxes, making strong families with children, and dying to protect the rights of a decayed and decadent theater elite.
I stand in solidarity with my Mormon neighbors.
By REAL Christian, I mean an evangelical who hasn’t bought into the anti Mormon crap.
“What else do you expect?”
Exactly. Thanks for making my case.
Sorry Saundra, but a REAL Christian would never buy into all that Mormon Crap.
I don’t know this play, but I don’t consider LDS a minor religion. They are akin to Islam in that they practice polygamy where permitted, have huge families, enforce patriarchy, aggressively though not violently convert, and both faiths began with prophets, Moroni and Mohannad.
The play writers also did “Jesus Christ Super Star”, didn’t they? I didn’t see that either, but I saw “he movie, “The Passion of the Christ”. I unequivocally recommend the latter.
Well excuse me. This is no excuse for the play or what the writers are saying about a religious sect, or many would say a cult. Know what you are dealing with. The Mormon faith isn't the only religion mocked by these men. Before you take the high road understand first the demons you take with you...
Fear of the Lord is the foundation of true knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline. - Proverbs 1:7
I don’t have TV, but I’ve seen the South Park Mormon episode. Knowing what I do about Mormonsim I was amazed at how candid (and accurate) they were about the stuff many people - and even mormons - don’t know about the roots of their own religion.
What is more interesting is that many people I work with who hate South Park, know of that episode and also like it.
I’m not familiar with this play, but just like a Romney candidacy, anything that can get people to start asking, “what does mormonism teach, anyway?” is a really good thing.
>>Its Trey Parker and Matt Stone, they rip on everybody...What else do you expect? <<
Yes, but with some it hits closer to home than with others. The “dirt” is more serious and/or comical.
Actually, anything that gets out the actual truth is a good thing.
Unthinking prejudice? Yeah, I see a lot of that about all sorts of groups. My “prejudice” regarding mormonism is based on a mountain of learning, knowledge and understanding. I actually almost became a mormon around 1980, but even before the internet one could find the information needed to make the correct decision. Now it is too easy.
Heck, just go to youtube and search mormonism.
And speaking of mormon neighbors, a friend of mine, after watching “The Godmakers” back around 1986, said, “now I know why my mormon neighbor killed herself after her mormon husband divorced her.”
Too bad one of the biggest, if not the biggest, impediments to getting out the actual truth is organized religion.