Tony awards were last night. BOM won 9 out of 14 nominations.
I'm sure we've all heard of the BOM Musical.
But have you heard anything from it?
Quick synopsis: Mormon Missionaries are sent to a poverty/AIDS ridden part of Uganda where a War Lord is murdering a ton of people.
(From last night's Tony's...)
For the most part it seems pretty factual, right down to the hair cut.
Personally, after watching many interviews (below) with the writers & listening to the soundtrack, I wasn't really offended. I can see why people think we're a little weird. I understand why this musical would be funny & fascinating to people. I admit, I laughed a ton...but I can see why people would be offended. Particularly one anti-God song sung by the Ugandan people who in the musical blame God for (their) AIDS, rape, murder, poverty, starvation, & genital mutilation...Yeah, I couldn't listen to that again (but that was more offensive to Ugandan's than it was Mormons) It really wasn't as bad as everyone is making it out to be (at least the music wasn't, I haven't heard the spoken dialogue.)
In the interviews I've seen they always seem to praise Mormons for our family values, optimism, & happiness overall. One of them said (talking about the song 'I believe' above) that although to outsiders our beliefs seem so silly, they're amazed at how deep we believe & defend & shout them from the rooftops (which is kind of the ending message of the musical - we don't care what people think of us, we're strong in our belief & we are a happy, positive people because of it...we'll even walk into a War Lord's camp & proclaim "I BELIEVEEEE!")
What do you think? Is it offensive? Would you see it?