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"I see little point in persisting in a discussion with one so obstinate as you" Martin White

Wednesday, January 12, 2005

misled by assumption

Here’s a game for you called spot the difference - are there any between the clothing of these two figures? And yet why are Christian Voice, and others, still saying that Jerry Springer the opera is blasphemous because it presents Jesus as dysfunctionally infantile? Here’s another one:

Another charge is that the presentation of Jesus as a bit gay is blaspheme, on biblical grounds (exegetical assumption that being so is unscriptural). Well if we’re going on biblical grounds, there are passages which present being gentile as unacceptable - yet the white european Jesus is the very image we’re used to in most of the west, rather than something a little closer to a genuine personal image of the region. Criteria shift as to what's convenient.

This popular Christology in the public cultural arena is more complex then they would ever care to admit. Why are they not calling for the censorship of nearly all western images of Jesus? This hypocrisy - where one image of Jesus is deemed acceptable and another not - just goes to show it’s best to watch something before commenting fourth. In fact it’s probably best to wait until you have a reasonable basis to complain at all.

Now I've got that out my system, I can get onto onto nicer things. Normally covers of songs are quite tiresome, especially the recent spawning of pop acts doing 70s acts (most often the Bee Gees). But every so often, there’s an inspired reinterpretation that jumps out - a notable example being Elbow‘s cover of “Independent Women” by Destiny’s Child, which was reformed into a witty jig complete with accordions and xylophones. And the Futureheads have now come out with an incredibly fine cover of “Hounds of Love” by Kate Bush. Where the former was an atmospheric baroque masterpiece, this is a terse and warm rendition with inspiring energy.


Blogger Sarah said...

i agree with you on the jerry springer thing. i think its mainly borne out of fear what they are used to being challenged. blindly renouncing all forms of evil is easier than seeing if things are harmless or not.

the independant woman thing is hilarious! have you heard the soulwax destinys child/dolly parton remix on the soulwax album "2 many DJs"??

7:16 PM  
Blogger Martin said...

If Sarah tries to send you said remix, be warned that it may crash your computer, and that it probably smells of wee.

8:49 PM  
Blogger postliberal said...

Challenge is a theme Armando Ianucci brought up on question time tonight, and I’d say it’s all for the good if broadcasters have a space for artistic expression that really challenges and helps you develop, in a creative way. It’s the very height of insanity if there’s going to be bad feelings about something that stretches and explores issues, when changing wife swap rooms gets off by dint of being mindless drivel. Saying that probably makes me a liberal elite or summit.

I’ve heard a few tracks from that soul wax album on the radio in the evenings, and been very impressed, but I don’t believe I’ve been graced by that one yet. Martin’s warning might be with reason, so I could just be reckless and go and buy a couple of such albums - was thinking tonight how I need to get more intesting music.

12:16 AM  
Blogger Sarah said...

*apologetic* sorry i made your computer crash

10:54 AM  

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