The profane and irreverent “Book of Mormon” musical took home nine Tony awards last night. The musical, which caused a great deal of controversy among members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, received positive reviews from critics and viewers alike. Directors Trey Parker and Matt Stone, well-known for their roles as the creators of South Park, say they’re happy with the results. While the church and its members have long been spoofed or vilified in movies, on television and in stage plays (including some on Broadway), as well as books, magazines, comics and every other entertainment/art form you can name, it’s rare that the subject is officially addressed.But the church did release a brief statement Feb. 7 that specifically addresses the play, then refers readers to a March 2009 statement regarding “Big Love,” when that HBO TV series was preparing to air an episode that took viewers inside an LDS temple.It reads, in part: “(The church) does not call for boycotts. Such a step would simply generate the kind of controversy that the media loves and in the end would increase audiences.” Instead, church members are urged to “conduct themselves with dignity and thoughtfulness.” In other words, take the high road.
Jim Bennett, Deseret News
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