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Published: Thursday, Jan. 3 2013 3:20 p.m. MST

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Howard Beal
Provo, UT

"I'm mad as heck (for my brothers and sisters of JSD), and I won't take it anymore..."

From Ted's Head
Orem, UT

Yeah, ain't it great! There's still a place where a few people care about the content of plays, movies, books, etc. All the more reason to support states' rights so that "Only in Utah" remains a statement to be proud of. :-)

Howard Beal
Provo, UT

What about these poor children who have practiced this musical version for the past several months? What will be done to reprogram-deprogram them? We must do something to help these poor unfortunate children before it's too late.

Hutterite
American Fork, UT

Only in Utah. There remains a place where reality can be suspended in favour of those most easily and willingly offended, and no one is allowed the dignity of adulthood to themselves. All the more reason to support the federal government, so something like 'only in utah' need not be forced on anyone unnecessarily.

Two For Flinching
Salt Lake City, UT

The Eagle Forum is robbing this state of its dignity.

If people chose to be offended by a song in a play it is their problem. But instead of choosing to not see it, why not force your narrow view upon everyone else?

Duke
Salt Lake City, UT

I love living here, kinda like the 19th century...maybe a little stuffier though.

lledwards38
Canandaigua, NY

Our local high school performed "All Shook Up" last year. The male lead was a member of my ward. I was uncomfortable with some the lines, songs and actions which he performed. I expect he was as well.
As far as I know there no community objections. Had I known more of the content, I probably would not have gone to see it.

This is not censorship. It's upholding the standards of the LDS Church. I would expect that to occur in any community where there are people with principles who are concerned about the quality of entertainment provided by and for their children.

lost in DC
West Jordan, UT

Hutterite,

easily offended

you mean like the gays and 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 families?

In the other thread, "Truth" said the lyrics to Elvis's songs were changed to reflect homosexual attraction. (Truth, I hope that accurately reflects what you said)

If this is the case, can we expect the same condemnation from the gay community?

EDM
Castle Valley, Utah

Lost in DC,

Your attempt to define traditional family values for everyone, like the examples you cite, is offensive to many of us because it pretends in a make- believe world where every child lives with a loving mother and father. Well I would like my children to understand the world the way it really is. And this world includes sex and sexual attraction, art, songs, drama, vulgarities and beauties.

So yes, many of us are offended by others who would like to dictate our values. You are free to shut your eyes, plug your ears, even turn off the TV. But please let me view a sexy drama if I want to.

AlanSutton
Salt Lake City, UT

Just because a musical drama is available to high school drama teachers doesn't make it right for high school students. Even though students will inevitably confront vulgarities in their lives, that shouldn't mean they must include them in the school's classrooms and on the stage. It's called propriety.

Laura Ann
Layton, UT

When I was a student in southern California in the 1970s, I took drama. I finally had to quit as the scripts and plays produced used foul language. It was hard for me, but what could I do? Thee was no way that I could have gotten out of some of the things I was expected to say and listen to. Where were my rights to not have to listen to and perform objectionable material? I shutter to think about what one can find in many modern plays. It isn't right to make a student chose between their personal values and the arts. As there are so many plays and musicals out there that don't have problems with songs and words that are objectionable, I believe we should just chose plays that don't have the concerns mentioned in this article.

lost in DC
West Jordan, UT

EDM,
please show in my comment where I tried to define traditional family values. you cannot because I did not.

You are the PERFECT example of the over-sensitive on the left who are now screaming at the top of their lungs because the right complained about something that they found offensive.

typical of the left, they can complain about anything they want, but the right had better keep their mouths shut or they are engaging in censorship or are trying to tell others how to live.

Two For Flinching
Salt Lake City, UT

@ lledwards38

LDS values don't need to be upheld, it's a public school. Again, if you choose not to support it that is your choice but please don't force your views upon everyone else.

@ Laura Ann

You practiced your rights to not hear and perform the objectionable material by quitting. Unless you are running the show you don't have a say in what is going to be performed, only whether or not you participate. Also just because you find something objectionable does not mean anybody else does.

FT
salt lake city, UT

Let the right wing object and cite community standards. Let the left wing do the same. It's great dialogue towards social growth. Students, our future leaders, are having discussions about values and tolerance. Things usually work out for the right over time. Meaningful, progressive social change is slow.

TimBehrend
Auckland NZ, 00

"All Shook Up" was said to fall short of community standards. I wonder how that was determined. Did they consult ratings for television programs like "Glee" and proceed from there?

K
Mchenry, IL

What wa objectionable?

I think the district would have had no right to a refund even if they hadnt allowed the change in the play.

Sneaky Jimmy
Bay Area, CA

@lost in DC

When "support of traditional" families means only "families like mine" then you, the pope and chickfilly are promoting bigotry and hatred. You may like to pat your self on the back for being such a traditionalist but the reality is (and its true in your church as well) there is no such thing as a traditional family any more. Gays and Lame Stream Media people can and do have families and provide a loving safe environment for their children.

By the way, what is the lyric that is so objectionable?

EDM
Castle Valley, Utah

Lost in DC,

In your last reply to me, the last sentence said it better than I could have said it myself. Thank you.

lost in DC
West Jordan, UT

sneaky Jimmy,
where did I say ANYTHING against gays? Show me. You cannot because I did not.

EDM,
thanks for admitting your error.

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