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Now THIS is funny...'Jihad: The Musical'

post #1 of 10
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Before anyone blows up or freaks out I'd like to state my point. We need a sense of humor about this. In these times I need to see something like Jihad: The Musical to give my self a better perspective on all that surrounds me.

Also, terrorism isn't something that we should be holding to a different standard. If we are going to live with it we are going to need to laugh about it.

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/s...oryId=13923077
http://www.npr.org/blogs/news/2007/0...rorism_as.html
post #2 of 10
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Originally Posted by lookingglass View Post
Before anyone blows up or freaks out I'd like to state my point. We need a sense of humor about this. In these times I need to see something like Jihad: The Musical to give my self a better perspective on all that surrounds me.

Also, terrorism isn't something that we should be holding to a different standard. If we are going to live with it we are going to need to laugh about it.

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/s...oryId=13923077
http://www.npr.org/blogs/news/2007/0...rorism_as.html
Off to check out the links......
post #3 of 10
Oh my, that is sure to cause a stir.
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Originally Posted by ckblv View Post
Oh my, that is sure to cause a stir.
Yup. It sure will...
post #5 of 10
Uh............
post #6 of 10
The problem is, for some people the musical IS encouraging the stereotype and not everyone is laughing, but hey, it is art and so has a free license to do what they please.
post #7 of 10
I think the muslims are more or less taking offense to the term "Jihad". The title really misleads the average person who doesn't necessarily understand the muslim faith to confirming that "Jihad" = terrorist. It's not. Just because a muslim claims Jihad doesn't mean he or she is hijacking a plane and flying it into the closest American skyscraper. Jihad can also be non-violant and really often is.

Wikipedia entry for Jihad

If the writers wanted to avoid less critism by muslims, they should have called it something like Islamic Radicals: The Musical or Terrorism: The Musical

In the end though, I hope that the musical does make it to the U.S...I kind of want to see it.
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... If we are going to live with it we are going to need to laugh about it.
I really hope it doesn't come to this. This means accepting terrorism as a normal way of life. It wouldn't be the end of the world -- Israelis have been living with terrorism since the founding of their nation. But it would certainly create a way of life that I think we need to do everything possible to prevent.
post #9 of 10
I'd go see it if it was showing anywhere near me. The YouTube clip was actually kind of funny! Besides, I love a good musical.
post #10 of 10
There is a musical I want to see (in film version) called West Bank Story. It's a comedy, too, and won the 2006 Oscar for Best Short Film.

It's about David, an Israeli soldier, and Fatima, a Palestinian fast food cashier ,who fall in love amidst the animosity of their families dueling falafel stands in the West Bank. The couple professes their love for each other, triggering a chain of events that destroys both restaurants and forces all to find common ground in an effort to rebuild, planting a seed of hope. At least, that's how it's described on their website

I've posted the link to the `facts' page of their site, because I really like the reasoning behind making the film. I think (perhaps) that the same sentiment was behind `Jihad: The Musical'? While I can understand the objections raised, I don't feel that finding a funny side (for a while at least) means that we have to accept terrorism as part of our lives. It just means that occasionally all the death and pain and terror and fear can be mocked, and can give us a sense of control over something we are all terribly afraid of.
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