Tuesday, September 26, 2006

By Jove

A Deutsche Oper production of Mozart's Idomeneo has been cancelled because of fears that a scene in which the severed heads of Buddha, Jesus, Muhammad and Poseidon are presented to the titular king might inflame religious tensions. Apparently, nobody has made any specific threats, but I think we know which particular interest group might be expected to overreact, don't we?

That's right. The fucking Greeks. Not Nikos who runs the cash 'n' carry, he's a good mush. It's them ancient ones who are the worst. They come over here, with their beards and their philosophers and their dramatists and their geometry, and they act like we owe them something. And were we asked whether we wanted them? No. Well, we did bring that big wooden horse thing in, but we didn't know they'd want to stay. Anyway, we're supposed to have freedom of speeech, but if you say anything about them, even if it's a joke, like how you reckon that Aphrodite bird's a bit of all right, and they go fucking mental. It's Platonic correctness gone mad.

I reckon they've lost their fucking marbles.

8 comments:

Billy said...

"It's Platonic correctness gone mad."

That made beer come out of my nose.

Didn't the Arabs invent algebra though?

treespotter said...

slightly off the mark, but where political correctness is concerned, this might interest you.

Tim Footman said...

Sorry Billy, it was late here when I wrote that, and maths was never one of my strong points. Amended now. Anyway, I thought you were too busy doing rudeness to a lady on a sofa to notice?

Tree: Link don't work, mate.

Joel said...

Tim, in an entirely unrelated aside, did you win a bottle of Absinthe about 6 years ago?

Pisces Iscariot said...

Going by your previous post: the greek shall inherit the earth :-/

Tim Footman said...

Joel: Er... yes. Something to do with a story competition in The Idler. Did you work there? Or, worse, were you in the vicinity when I drank it?

I'm so befuddled by that blast from my past, that I can't think of a response to Pisces, which is probably just as well.

Joel said...

I was arranging my books and found an old copy of the Idler I bought because of a section on Tiki, and the front page had the winner's announcement with your name on it. Like a spider's web, the threads of our lives are delicately interconnected, and easily destroyed with a vacuum cleaner.

orange anubis said...

Is it really crap just to say LOL?