Perspectives from a Liberal Mormon

Thursday, March 30, 2006

Big Love is a Big Joke

Now as some of you who know me, know that I am probably one of the first people to criticize "Utah Mormon" culture. Generally I think that some people in Utah are pretty out there with what they think and the way they do things. But for once in a really long time, I am going to align myself with them. As some of you may or may not be aware, HBO has created a new show, Big Love, that is supposed to tell the story of a polygamous family living in the suburbs of Salt Lake City. Now when I first heard about this show, I thought it could be interesting and was curious about it. My wife and I watched the first couple of episodes just to be open-minded about it and see what it was about. However, as I have watched this show I have found that it has failed to differentiate the LDS faith from that of those who practice polygamy. I recognize that FLDS (the polygamists) people believe similar things to what I do, but this show makes a mockery of those things. For instance, the producers of this show felt it was appropriate to show people giving a priesthood blessing to a hunting rifle. Now, some may find that funny, but having participated in real priesthood blessings, those moments are so special to me that this show just throws it out there like it was yesterday's garbage. Also, they show buildings like the Salt Lake LDS temple everytime they have a "Salt Lake shot" (this show is actually filmed in California) implying that polygamous individuals and the temple are intertwined. I recognize that at one point, my faith did practice polygamy, but news flash for the rest of the world: MORMONS HAVE NOT PRACTICED POLYGAMY FOR OVER ONE HUNDRED YEARS NOW! It is against the law, and against the practices of my faith. I just wish people would quit promoting misleading information about my faith, such as the producers of HBO. As I said before, I am generally the first to criticize Utah culture, but this has got to stop.

For anyone who is interested, there is now an effort to email HBO protesting this show, and asking that it be removed from their programming. I have done this, and would ask that people, LDS or not, do so. This show promotes bigotry and stereotypes even if HBO says it does not. Below is a link that will take you directly to an email form to fill out to do this if you would like. Also if you disagree with me, write and tell them to continue airing the show. What you write is up to you.

Tell HBO What You Think About Big Love


At 9:44 AM, Anonymous Shaun said...

I saw advertisements for that show and was curious to see what it was about, and how wrong they were going to portray things. Seems pretty stupid myself.

At 9:36 PM, Blogger Christar said...

Being a Catholic who lives in Utah, trust me, I get thrown lots of stereotypes, and I think it's wrong no matter what religion it is. If it's on an episode of South Park, then that is funny to me... but shows that just promote stereotyping of any kind of religion, is just dumb.

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At 3:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are right. There are many forums where the LDS church is misrepresented, Big Love and Under the Banner of Heaven are two great examples.

However, I believe you are seriously misled if you think there will be no more polygomy as an LDS person. Just wait until you get to the Celestial Kingdom!

At 6:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think that Big Love can seem confusing to those not as well acquainted w/Mormon culture but if you watch a little further in the season there are clear lines drawn as a number of true LDS members become suspicious of the polygamous family's living situation. I'm just sayin'. I like the show; I think it's bizzarely addictive and also explores some dynamics of a fascinating relationship between 3 women that would just not be explored in any other show. 'Ts all I'm sayin! :)


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