The stupidest people on the planet have to be the Mormons who think the musical known as "The Book of Mormon" is funny.
The makers and supporters of such crap...well, they're on a completely different wave length when it comes to this, as far as I'm concerned. I'm disappointed in the Mormons right now. I've been curious exactly how bad it is so I took a listen on itunes. If I read one more comment that a Mormon person posted saying, "This is so funny! It gets Mormons perfectly! You gotta poke fun at yourself!" I will go cra-zy. I already have.
People think they're being cool like, "Oh yeah, it's alright. I can take it. I'm a cool Mormon." Or, "I showed this to my really strict Mormon friend and he thinks it's hysterical!"
Let me stop you right there.
You see, living in a comedy club the past few years I've heard and seen a lot. I'm not very conservative when it comes to my laughter nor am I easily offended. So to say these songs are offensive is an understatement for me. And if you don't think so and you're Mormon, you must be incredibility immature...to the point I hope you aren't endowed because then you should really, seriously know better. The entire play is not for faith building, it's for faith tearing...make no mistake. It is entirely to mock the things we hold sacred, and I mean sacred, done throughout by satire and sarcasm.
"Oh, the the play was so cute." That's not cuteness you see, it's high production values. Seriously?! Seriously?! There are two whole songs dedicated solely to a missionary character making things up as he goes along talking about how God told Joseph to get rid of his AIDS he shouldn't rape an infant but rape a frog instead. Not funny, disgusting, offensive, and again...not funny. Calling this play cute is a far reaching stretch of the imagination.
And like I said, everything is done out of sarcasm and satire. There's an entire song called "I Believe" that to some might sound sweet but completely mocks every last thing we believe in. Saying things like, "And I believe that the current president of the church Thomas S. Monson speaks directly to God". Which would be fine if you heard it in church on Sunday, but when it's proceeded by a song called "F--- You God" and said completely to drive home the message to the audience that "Yes! People actually believe this! Ha Ha Ha Ha!" it is insulting. It is sarcastic. And Mormons who would laugh at it are laughing along with people who are laughing at us, not with us.
More examples of lyrics from this one song would be:
"I am a Mormon...and a Mormon just believes. You cannot just believe part way, you have to believe in it all." "I believe that God has a plan for all of us and that plan involves me getting my own planet" "I believe that the Garden of Eden is in Jackson county Missouri." No one is testifying. It's just sarcastic mockery.
I just added a photo of the San Diego temple to appease all Gaston-like readers thinking, "How can you read this thing? There's no pictures!" So here you go.
If you haven't read this article already, it says some really great things.
My personal favorite part is:
"A couple of weeks ago a review about the musical appeared at the New York Times from a Jewish writer who simply listed himself as Levi. “As someone of Jewish faith,” he began, “I take personal offense at this show….I cannot believe that New York, MY New York, where I was born and raised, would ever do such a thing. Shame on you, New York Times, shame on Broadway, and shame on all of us who stand idly by and do nothing while the faith of others is mocked. Religious and cultural Jews need not support such bigotry.”
That's right, people. Stand up for what is good. So Mormons, don't think it makes you cooler if you can "handle" a play like this. It makes you weak. Silence condemns when you sit idly by. But to speak out in favor of it? Your words amplify their insults.
This musical was not made with good intentions. It was not made to make our faith sound super rad and down to earth and stir up a lot of baptisms. It was made to break down the things we have been testified are true to us through the Holy Ghost. Do not give them one dollar or one chuckle. Because if you call yourself a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day saints, you've taken upon yourself the name of Christ so when you mock these sacred things when you know better it makes me so disappointed. And I'm pretty sure God isn't too jazzed about it either. But me personally, I am disappointed that when the people who see this play wonder if it's okay to laugh and you give them the go ahead you've given them a license to mock us further and you don't understand how serious that can be.