After seeing The Book of Mormon Musical, I have many thoughts... I'm probably going to have to break them down into a few different posts... So, let's start with this one:
I don't understand why the church chose to advertise in the playbill of this play.
Three full page ads. All saying things like, "The book is always better," or "I read the book."
They really needed one that said, "This book will change your life," .. oh wait, I just found the church's official statement on the musical, "The production may attempt to entertain audiences for an evening, but the Book of Mormon as a volume of scripture will change people's lives forever by bringing them closer to Christ."
I wonder if the guy that said that had heard this song yet. (I don't think this song has anything offensive in it... I think even my mom would think it's clever. But, I could be wrong.)
I am aware of the idea "All publicity is good publicity." and I guess it makes sense from a business point of view. Jump on the publicity bandwagon... But...
Does the church know what is in this play?
The play shows the missionaries as naive and arrogant at the same time. Does the church know how closely many of the missionaries resemble the stereotype?
The guy sitting behind me went to Mormon.org during the intermission. He was chatting with the
missionaries online, but then he asked the wrong question, and they
ended his session. He shrugged his shoulders and said, "That's kinda
what I thought." I don't know what his question was. When I asked him
about it he said, "The real missionaries are even more naive than the
ones on the stage."
I hate stereotypes and generalizations, but how could I argue with him? He'd just had a session with the missionaries shut down, because they determined he wasn't asking the right questions.
Why is the church giving money to a play that has more offensive, blasphemous, sacrilegious and vulgar language than any R rated movie? Why are they supporting that? Advertisers are often called sponsors... Why is the church sponsoring this play?
Do church leaders know what they are "endorsing"? Do the members?
Don't get me wrong - I love it (the play), but I sure wouldn't have liked it a few years ago.
never saw Titanic (the movie), because I didn't want to support a movie
that had such "bad" things in it. Even edited...My seminary teacher explained that we were still giving money to
the movie-makers, which supports them, so if you don't want to support
that kind of thing, don't see the movie. This play has a whole lot of stuff that my seminary teachers would hate. It's much MUCH worse than Titanic.
Do they know that the only song that references Mormon doctrine
gets laughed at by the audience? Before I saw it, I loved the song 'I Believe' because it
showed the naivety of the missionary... but other people didn't laugh
for the reasons I laughed. (This was actually hard for me to
listen to, but I think I'll write a whole post about that. later.)
Do they know there is a whole song about "raise your middle finger to the sky, and curse God's rotten name." (and that line is the most innocent of the song. That song uses language even I don't use, and fuck is one of my favorite words.)
Do they know the basic conclusion of the play? Even though religion is silly, it can still be helpful and uplifting. It doesn't matter if the stories are true if they are helpful. (And in the play, the LDS stories weren't helpful, so they made up their own stories and started their own church.)
Do they know that the play really isn't about the book of Mormon at all? The LDS church advertising in this play is like the Jewish religion advertising in the play Fiddler on the Roof. Except, it's not really like that, because there is very little in this play that the church would support... At least Fiddler on the Roof can be considered wholesome and family friendly.
I just find it... disturbing.