Monday, January 10, 2005

I watched about 45 minutes of the BBC's transmission of Jerry Springer - The Opera on Saturday night, more out of boredom than anything. To be honest I'm surprised I stayed with it that long because it really is the biggest load of twaddle imaginable, and a shameful misuse of British license payers' money to boot. It's not funny, it's not clever, it's not musically interesting. It's not anything other than a money spinner for the production company and an easy target for the far-right Christian protestors who blocked the BBC switchboard with complaints and stood around with their daft banners outside the theatre. It is offensive, yes, but not because of the liberal dose of expletives that litter the sad excuse for a libretto, and not because Jesus wears a nappy and admits to being 'slightly gay'; it's offensive because it is totally devoid of merit on any level whatsoever. The idea was presumably to create a sort of marriage of 'The Rocky Horror Show' and 'Nixon in China'. The result is pure drivel. If proof was ever needed that you can't make a silk purse out of a pig's ear this is it.