Wednesday, April 05, 2006
Some Latter-day Saints have hoped that HBO's upcoming series, "Big Love," would not be the sensationalistic and salacious drama that some of us expect. Who could possibly put "salacious" and HBO in the same sentence? Well, the New York Times, for one. Their story, ""Notice Anything Funny About the Folks Next Door?" notes that there is "plenty of salacious" material (page 3 of the story) and gives a few unwelcome glimpses into the situations that will be explored in the show. Some of you may recognize that the New York Times often takes a slightly more liberal stance on moral issues than I do, so if "Big Love" is raunchy enough to merit the "salacious" label from them, then I doubt that they are overreacting. With its salacious and sensationalistic depiction of modern polygamy as if that were representative of Utah and Mormons (notwithstanding the little disclaimer at the end that no one will notice), one thing is for sure: this show is going to end up being required viewing for thousands of high school and college classes.
Posted by Jeff Lindsay at 6:32 AM