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Published: Wednesday, Jan. 2 2013 5:35 p.m. MST

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UTAuley
Taylorsville, UT

And in other news, Herriman residents heard to bemoan the Russians have been able to take the lead in the space race with their successful launching of Sputnick.

Seriously folks, Elvis' songs to a story of Shakespeare is offensive!?

Maybe next we should ban the Bible, BoM, Koran, etc. All that begatting and sacrifices and what not.

thebig1
SLC, UT

what was the name of the song?

Hutterite
American Fork, UT

at least sometime before we let them rule the roost, we need to let the most easily offended among us simply be offended. They almost always will be.

Peter Coyotl
West Jordan, UT

The elected Jordan School Board is afraid of offending the Eagle Forum crowd. Nice to know we have "fearless leaders" at the helm.

one old man
Ogden, UT

Here's the first half of the lyrics of All Shook Up. Second half to follow.

A well I bless my soul
What's wrong with me?
I'm itching like a man on a fuzzy tree
My friends say I'm actin wild as a bug
I'm in love
I'm all shook up
Mm mm oh, oh, yeah, yeah!

My hands are shaky and my knees are weak
I can't seem to stand on my own two feet
Who do you thank when you have such luck?
I'm in love
I'm all shook up
Mm mm oh, oh, yeah, yeah!

Please don't ask me what's on my mind
I'm a little mixed up, but I'm feelin fine
When I'm near that girl that I love best
My heart beats so it scares me to death!

one old man
Ogden, UT

Second half:
Read for yourself and decide.

She touched my hand what a chill I got
Her lips are like a volcano that's hot
I'm proud to say she's my buttercup
I'm in love
I'm all shook up
Mm mm oh, oh, yeah, yeah!

My tongue get tied when I try to speak
My insides shake like a leaf on a tree
There's only one cure for this body of mine
That's to have the girl that I love so fine!

Dektol
Powell, OH

They don't want to offend anyone? Censorship is OFFENSIVE. The play was already approved and now some bluenose finds fault so the district cheats the kids out of their performance?
I am offended. So now will you cancel your cancellation?

Richard Larson
Galt, CA

The 1950's called, they want
their OLD, TIRED, ETHICS back!

Lagomorph
Salt Lake City, UT

Other media reports indicate that the alleged offense also included cross-dressing (female in male disguise, a la the Twelfth Night), not just a song. Not that this makes the cancellation any more defensible or acceptable or the complaint any less petty. Let's all bow to the lowest common denominator and not offend anyone. Is there any play in the canon that someone in the Eagle Forum would not find offensive? Certainly not Shakespeare's plays (Romeo and Juliet has that anti-parental authority theme, not to mention sex and drugs and teen suicide-- although they probably don't mind the fighting and killing). How about something with Barney the dinosaur-- no, that's sourced in socialism (PBS) and has trans-species cross-dressing. Why doesn't the Eagle Forum simplify things and just provide a list of approved plays to all the school boards ahead of time. After all, how hard is it to mail in a blank sheet of paper?

suess
Salt Lake City, UT

After a complaint from "A" parent? How many parents were involved with this production, or in the school? Why are we giving in to "A" parent -- meaning a single person representing how many students in the school? and to "OneOldMan", thank you for the lyrics, but as you can see, there are mentions of body parts, n shaking and itching, and all kinds of questional behavior.

In High School, we had to memorize and present a selection from Shakespeare for English class. Mine was the sililoquy from Macbeth, where Lady MacBeth was going mad from the arranged killing of her husband -- part of the saying was "Out Damned Spot!" -- I did this (in High school) and received an exceptional grade for my work/presentation. I am surprised now, as an adult, that I was actually allowed to do this. How many person's did I offend, and how has their lives been totally traumatized and ruined, by my thoughtlessness? For that I totally apologize -- wow, I'm so glad I was able to get that off my chest, I can now stop feeling quilty after 40 years.

C'mon people, get a brain/life. Even the Puritans weren't this bad.

lost in DC
West Jordan, UT

Hutterite,
The easily offended – you mean the gays and the lame stream media who were ready to crucify the Pope and the owner of Chik-Fil-A because they had the audacity to speak out in support of traditional marriage (and did not mention gay marriage)?

Old man,
Thanks for providing the lyrics to All Shook Up. Too bad the article did not specify if it was that particular song or if the lyrics had been changed for the show.

Unfortunately the article does not fully describe what was found offensive so we are left to wonder.

Lagomorph
Salt Lake City, UT

Why don't they produce the play with a waist high barrier in front of the stage so the impressionable youngsters don't get ideas? That's basically how Ed Sullivan dealt with Elvis. It would be like the Zion Curtain in restaurants serving liquor.

Can't wait for the next play melding pop music and Shakespeare-- Jim Morrison as Lizard King Lear. Act III opens with Riders on the Storm. How could anyone object to that? Or Janis Joplin in the Merchant of Venice (Come on, come on, come on, take it, take another little pound of my flesh, now, baby...)

athought
Salt Lake City, UT

@lost in DC -- I too wondered about the lyrics -- looked up the play on internet and read through all the lyrics to the songs, but I guess my mind is just now down in the gutter and looking for filth like the parent's apparently is -- I couldn't find anything objectional. The only one close was possibly the song "Let Yourself Go", but in seeing the video of the production of that song, couldn't even see anything wrong with it.

But then there's the "Jailhouse Rock", and it may bring on some homosexual undertones when it does talk about "jailbirds" enjoying themselves, but still that's a far reach.

I guess anyone could inject any kind of filth into anything they read if they want, but for a school board to put their minds in the same gutter to partake of it, totally appals me. I agree with you Dektol, I too am offended at their censorship, so will their cancellation be cancelled?

I didn't know about this play, but being an Elvis fan, I would totally suppport going to see it along with my kids and grandkids.

the truth
Holladay, UT

@lost in DC

'one old man' gave the original lyrics to all shook up.

In this play the words were change so the guy is singing about being all shook up at being attracted to and wanting to kiss another guy.

I believe that is what the parent found offensive.

The play is shakespeare's comedy "as you like it" (wherein the girl/princess is hiding her identity by dressing as a guy) with elvis music that has the lyrics rewritten for the play.

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