November 14, 2003

Cultural Disconnect Dept.

THE BBC REPORTS that Boy George's (nee George O'Dowd) musical , which recently opened in New York, has been "savaged" by American critics. We are not all that displeased about the situation, either.

We can assure our readers that this has nothing to do with Mr O'Dowd. Indeed, we fully admit that we once regularly listened to Culture Club, although we can safely say that we have not done so for nigh on fifteen years. Our complaints with "Taboo" are purely modern-day in reference.

Our first complaint about "Taboo," which is admittedly snarky, is that Rosie O'Donnell brought the show to New York. As we believe Ms O'Donnell to be a mediocre person on her good days and an annoying, insensitive, boorish and classless person on her bad days, we aren't all that saddened to see an enterprise of hers fail. Perhaps this will restore some humility to her bearing; a quality which she desperately needs, if the recent trial over the failure of the magazine bearing her name is any indication. Basically, we do not take kindly to people who browbeat others with those others' health problems.

Our second complaint about "Taboo" is summed up in this quote from the BBC's report on the matter:

The musical, which was penned by George, has been rewritten by US playwright Charles Busch to make it appeal more to US audiences.

Perhaps it is just us, but we are constantly amazed that the people in charge of entertainment in this country apparently think it is necessary to Americanize foreign productions, or even make domestic productions set elsewhere in the world so bloody American. One would think that if an American program were shown in Britain, the British would -- we don't know -- realize that it was an American program and watch accordingly. Why the reverse does not also hold staggers us.

Really, now -- can one imagine watching Monty Python with all sorts of American references? Obviously not.

Posted by Benjamin Kepple at November 14, 2003 10:41 PM | TrackBack