Why I gave away my ticket to ‘The Book of Mormon’
Yes – I know that a ticket to The Book of Mormon was the hottest ticket for any Denver event, but I gave away mine because I had read enough about this play to know that this show with its profanity, lewd songs and irreverent take on a religion, and poverty, and its overall offensive nature was not a show for me.
My wife, daughters and son-in-law (to whom I gave my ticket) all agreed that The Book of Mormon had songs and lyrics that were very witty along with an outstanding choreography and that overall it was very entertaining, but that I would not have enjoyed it.
They say I would not have enjoyed it because I would have been upset to see the theater packed with people laughing at the religious “jokes” and the genital mutilation “jokes.”
Also, I would not have enjoyed it because it shows me how much America has now changed and, I’m afraid, not for the better. I wonder whether we as a society do not have any common decency left? Somehow today’s theater audience thinks it’s OK to laugh at Mormons and the people of Uganda.
I try to be respectful of people’s beliefs and resent the fact that The Book of Mormon has now officially become a way to hurl disrespect and hatred at a religion by shrouding itself in musical lyrics and songs. Seems that it has now become OK to make fun of genital mutilation, murder and the continuous use of the “F” word and actually say to an audience, “F… God.”
I do not understand today’s hypocrisy of our society that awards and celebrates the mocking of a whole religious group in a most demeaning way.
I certainly believe in freedom of speech, but as a regular theatergoer, I hate to see the stage used to attack a group of people whether it is due to their race, sexuality or religion.
If there were a show produced that mocked or “satirized” another religion or a person’s certain lifestyle, what would our community’s reaction be?
You can’t cloak a message of hatred behind a few songs and then claim satire to appease anyone who might be offended.
Would this musical have been considered acceptable if it made fun of gays, lesbians, Jews, Catholics, Muslims, the Pope or atheists?
To have a play like “The Book of Mormon” win awards and receive a sell out audience wherever it plays just proves how our society is now faced with a growing trend of occurrences that are destroying our respect for each other and ignoring old fashion individual values.