Dr LOD wrote: ↑
Tue Jul 28, 2020 10:21 am
In the latest bit of Mormon victim mentality, DCP comments on the latest about the Book of Mormon musical.
In a particular historical moment that's intensely focused on questions of racism, a movie of the Book of Mormon musical might be very problematic. It ridicules Latter-day Saints and their faith, of course, but it's arguably deeply, deeply racist toward African blacks.
I've always been quite surprised at how unconcerned people -- especially "progressives" and secular critics of the Church -- have been about the (to me) quite overt and unabashed racism of the musical. Perhaps it's just that the racism is outweighed by the sheer joy of zinging the silly, reactionary, and unfashionable Mormons.
DCP misses the major point of how things were presented in the musical. The whole thing was a parody of racist Mormon thought and culture. This was presented on how the missionaries saw the people they were working around. So yes there were deeply racist things about people in Africa in the musical, but this is a reflection on the exact warped thinking that many missionaries arrive into the mission field start with. As the story in the musical unfolds the protagonist does change how he sees the people he was sent to serve.
That was my reaction as well, Dr. LOD. It's just the usual Mopologetics: he's willing to condemn racism if he can get a "twofer" out of it. Because hey, if The Book of Mormon
musical is dismissed for racism, then that neatly defuses criticisms of Mormonism too, right?
But it's worth pointing out that the comment you cite comes from a blog post allegedly supporting the film Heart of Africa
. Look at this passage from DCP:
Sic et Non wrote:
I hope for its success for many reasons.
It is, for example, the first feature film that was produced jointly by a Congolese and American team, the first feature film that was produced and filmed entirely within the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and, obviously, the first Congolese feature film to be released in movie theaters in the United States of America.
How much of this is true? If you have the inclination, you can always spend some time searching through the films
listed at the Pan African Film Festival, which has been screening feature films from all over Africa for close to 30 years. Oddly, though, for DCP, only Heart of Africa
, which was co-produced by white, BYU-affiliated Mormons, is the "first feature film." (To provide just one counter-example, here's a Hollywood Reporter review from 2017
of a "feature film" that was directed Dieudo Hamadi, a Congolese director. To claim that Heart of Africa
is "the first Congolese feature film to be released in movie theaters in the United States" is akin to the old racist claim that Christopher Columbus "discovered" America. It's just flat-out wrong.
Perhaps DCP wants to split hairs over what he means by "feature film" (like, do documentaries somehow "not count"?) or "released in movie theaters," but I think he's put his foot in his mouth yet again on this issue.
"[I]f, while hoping that everybody else will be honest and so forth, I can personally prosper through unethical and immoral acts without being detected and without risk, why should I not?." --Daniel Peterson, 6/4/14