Alyssa All the way!
I am SO happy to see someone call out Roxxy for her loud mouth nonsense & one note ensembles (she started out as my fave but by week 3 I was over her).
Also: thank you thank you thank you for calling out Mr. Absolut Marketing Man. I always thought he was obnoxious and always wrong--he's the guy that judges only on looks (he hated Sharon...the only winner to go beyond Drag Race & make it onto national magazine covers).
There IS a double standard; Darius is right. And we know why but seldom dare state it.
I'm not against the right of free speech and criticism of anything. I'm saying there is a double standard when it comes to satire and criticism of religion as it applies to Christian religions and Islam.
If I'm understanding you correctly, Darius, you are saying that it's only okay for the members of a religion to talk about or criticize the religion, even if said religion's doctrine has influence on how non-members are allowed to live their lives (see the Mormon influence on Prop 8, please)? That amounts to nothing more than PR, and doesn't serve to introduce the public to the reality of the religion.
The Mormons don't need our support if they are the object of satire. The gays kids who are born into the religion and cast out of the house need our support, for example.
Allowing religious doctrine to be immune to discussion and criticism is a very dangerous stance to take.
I have no desire to see a musical full of "coarse language and frat-boy-adjacent jokes" and "cameos by Satan, Hitler, Jeffrey Dahmer, and Johnnie Cochran". I'm just not into that. My point is that the politically correct crowd is offended (or downright frightened) when Islam is satirized, but Christians are fair game. As I said, the Mormons are a class act, turning the other cheek and all (very Christian of them).
Darius: I'm curious, have you even seen "The Book of Mormon"? Or are you just assuming it's offensive because of the creators behind it? Because truthfully, I found the Mormon missionaries depicted in the show to be treated relatively well. The religion certainly isn't demonized here. In fact, it is shown as having an extremely positive impact on a community that desperately needed help.
I also think it's worth noting that the Church of Latter Day Saints took out not one, not two, but THREE full-page ads in the program for the show encouraging people interested in learning more about their religion to come to the church. If they're embracing the show in the spirit in which it was intended, I'm not clear on why a supposed non-Mormon is leaving multiple comments decrying its approach.
If someone were to produce a funny award-winning musical about any other religion, I'd line up to see it. What's not to love about the light of reason & truth being shone on any of the world's religions to reveal that they're all nothing but mythology and superstition?
I’m wondering why there aren’t protests or outrage about this mocking of religion. You would certainly hear about it if RBTL was hosting a production called 'The Book of Islam' or a musical based on Salmon Rushdie's 'Satanic Verses’ or a 'Burka Chorus Line'. At least 'Nunsense' was purportedly made by Catholics. The Book of Mormon was created by the producers of South Park who are not of the Mormon faith. I give the Mormons credit for taking a civilized approach, offering to educate and inform the public about their religion rather than protesting this musical. Still, you would think that other concerned citizens would express support by at least discussing the question of the appropriateness of this production.
I think the musicians are fantastic as well
looked at their pics on line, I am going to call it as:
Angie (altho I am not a fan at this point)
Evan Peters is so freaking sexy(:
I don;t know what is going on behind the scenes...it looked last night like Zoanette wasn't singing as well as the other women, she looked a hot mess and generally looked the least professional. (IMHO)
It's so disappointing to hear that Zoanette bombed last night. The folks at Vote for the Worst are suggesting deliberate sabotage on the show's part, but then they've been desperate to get Zoanette into the finals since she first appeared. So take that for what you will.
As for the dull, mid-tempo ballads, this has become a real problem for this show over the past several seasons. And we saw why during the Sudden Death rounds of the past two weeks. Every time these kids picked an up-tempo song the vocals suffered and the judges told them to pick something with lots of range and just sing the hell out of it. It makes sense from an artist-showcase point of view, but lord it gets boring watching four hours of droning ballads every week....
ACKK! I wasn't taking notes as I was totally depending on you.
The woman with the Big Hair, name begins with a Z who did an awesome job on the Lion King last week: HORRIBLE. Gotta say, that maybe it is because I am older but I often have no idea what people are singing. I think she did a Whitney Houston song maybe. Terrible. She pranced about the stage with this awful wig, a couple of good notes but she will not go any further,
The girl with again big hair that needs to be cut that sang the song 'of her own" on the piano and everybody got in a lather over her? ....did another piano, "I;m aching" kind of a song. I don;t get her. She has a nice voice and 'the look" and she will likely be everybodys darling. Will move on.
The girl that did Funny Valentine..did something really good last night.
The little girl from Alaska won;t be there after the vote.
The two country women were awesome.
sorry...I should have written stuff down. See how dependent I am on what you say? Generally the voices were really good. the song choices, slow and boring and so full of angst....christ, these are young happy women...I wish they would bring more fun to the party!
Um, well -- I have some bad news on that front. I actually didn't even realize they happened last night. I don't recall the show telling me and I don't have a DVR to automatically tape it for me. And I had a theater show to review so I wasn't even at home. So I missed the Top 10 women altogether! I WILL have a blog up first thing tomorrow with my thoughts on the guys. Give me your recap. How did the girls do?
I loved season 1 ): Its a shame that they didnt continue season two with it.
I was watching it and i was immediatly like "where the hell is taint" "What is this shit" But its actually decent from what i have watched so far.
@ Eric: Where are your comments/insights re: Top Ten Women American Idol last night? I'm dying here!
@Darius: +1. Those great examples of yours: that will be a great day. It is easier when done by the same folks who share the faith. Maybe a non-sequiter, but: When Kanye West was portrayed as Jesus Christ on the cover of Rolling Stone, no one seemed to care.
It's offensive to mock someone's religion (unless you're making fun of Catholics, Fundamentalist Christians or Mormons apparently). At least 'Nunsense' was purportedly made by Catholics. The Book of Mormon was created by the producers of South Park and are not of the Mormon faith. I'm waiting for someone to produce 'The Book of Islam' or a musical based on Salmon Rushdie's 'Satanic Verses 'or maybe a 'Burka Chorus Line'.
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