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Following my recent thread on the Royal Court Theatre / Behzti affair, I see the BBC are to show Jerry Springer - The Opera this weekend (?).

 

As I've said before, I'm no prude and will probably watch it, nay even enjoy it immensely, but not everybody else will. Apparently the Beeb have received some 15,000 complaints in advance of the broadcast. This is a record - ten times higher than the number of complaints received after The Last Temptation of Christ or Brass Eye special on paedophilia.

 

As previously discussed, this is a "free" country where we enjoy freedom of speech. If people are offended by something the BBC broadcast, then they can watch another channel or switch the TV off altogether and go do something else. On the other hand, these people are license payers like the rest of us, why should they be forced to pay for something they find unacceptable?

 

I'm not saying that the Beeb should pull the programme, but in view of the protest, why not screen it at 2.00am? After all, just about everybody has a video recorder these days and the show is still on in the theatre, so they can go and see it there if they wish (and probably enjoy a better experience to boot).

 

Freedom Of Speech is not a right IMHO. It's a freedom: a privilege granted by the powers that be and, if abused, it can be restricted or taken away (have a look at French privacy laws some time). In the end I'm just worried that some people are abusing this "right", by claiming it in order to defend things which have been deliberately calculated to cause offence.

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The Licence fee is paid by all & not just the MINORITY of Licence payers that have complained. There is obviously demand for this sort of production, hence the theatre show.

You state "just about everybody has a video recorder these days", remember ALL TV's HAVE "OFF" BUTTONS!

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Apparently the Beeb have received some 15,000 complaints in advance of the broadcast.

That'll be 15,000 Daily Mail reading sheep, none of whom will have seen the stage show, but have come to the newspaper-assisted decision that they don't like the concept. Fine, don't watch it then, but don't attempt to censor by lynch mob what I can watch.

 

Martin

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I think that the main complaint is about the 400 f-words and 2/300 odd c-words, papers add on the number of cast members singing it and it becomes over 3000.

 

Oh and there is the bit where Jesus says "well ok im a bit gay"

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That'll be 15,000 knee-jerk reactions from people who haven't even seen the show, then ....

 

I'll certainly be watching it - I've heard so much about what a great show it is, and I welcome the opportunity to see for myself.

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I find it interesting to view JStO in terms of the BBC's wider commitment to arts. This is a quote from The BBC's Arts Commisioning information

 

For BBC TWO we're looking to continue innovation in the genre and follow on recent successes such as Peter Ackroyd's London, The Big Read, Eroica, The Genius of Mozart and Restoration. We will always seek one-off pieces of 'event' television which have real cultural value and impact such as Robert Hughes' New Shock of The New. Coming soon are Jerry Springer the Opera, The Genius of Beethoven and of course more of our new Culture Show.
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Check out This article in The Stage to find out more about the amount of swearing in Jerry Springer.

 

I can understand that people can be offended by this show - I can be offended by programmes on the TV, paid for by my licence and not. Each time I accept that other people may enjoy it and I exercise my ability to (brace yourselves ;) ) do something else instead!

 

The good thing about this is that hopefully (some of) the people involved one way or another will actually enter into a debate on freedom of speech to draw their own conclusions.

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I shouldnt put it in genneral chat but I thought it was funny when I read it

...there are 297 uses of the word c***. There are in fact only seven - three as a noun and four as an adjective.

 

 

What did people think of it ?

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Have just finished watching it, after seeing the live show before!

 

As a show I think its production values are great and that it is a truely wonderful piece of theatre. One of the best modern musical/operas to be written and produced!

 

The outcry and complaints that have been made I feel are justifiable as it will offend a number of people, but as has been said before with over 100 channels available it is an individuals choice whether to watch it or not.

As a license payer I am glad that the BBC has broadcast this show, money well spent!

If it offends you turn it off! You don''t go and buy pornography if it offends you to just to complain about it!

 

If people spent less time complaining about life in the democracy we live in and spent more time actualy living in it then I feel as a nation we would achieve more surrounding the issues that are actually important.....like the number of homeless on our streets and so.....

 

Just my opinion....

 

Poppadom!

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Personaly I think the televised version lost a lot of the energy and presence of the stage version

 

I don't know If I would have enjoyed the TV version more if I hadn't seen it live first, but I did prefer the version on stage better.

 

James

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well I didn't see all of it (some of us have jobs you know :) ;)) but I saw the last 10 mins or so and the first thing I noticed is that it seemed to be set in a really small theatre? was that the case or had they just taken a large stage and made it look small?

 

From the bit I saw the whole thing looked a bit amateurish? is this the case or do most musicals look like this?

 

paul...

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