Frightening news from Britain -- can it happen here?
Posted 01 April 2001 - 01:46 AM
Posted 01 April 2001 - 03:14 AM
And I thought the Keefer thing was bad!
Posted 01 April 2001 - 03:43 AM
Posted 01 April 2001 - 04:03 AM
Ballet portrays any number of social/ethnic groups in inflattering manners, and it's high time it cleaned up its act. Wiccans everywhere must be horrendously offended at the unflattering portrayal of Madge as a "witch." Not to mention the nasty stereotype of "evil" sorcerers like Von Rothbart.
I could go on about all those embarassing and uncorrect ethnic dances which must be cleansed from the repertory, but I'll just mention the most oppressed group of all -- aristocrats. When did you ever see a ballet which didn't portray nobles as a bunch of overprivileged, overdressed fops with nothing better to do than leer at peasant girls and drink interminable toasts to each other?
Posted 01 April 2001 - 05:05 AM
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Posted 01 April 2001 - 10:33 AM
Manhattnik, there's already been some PC dance criticism in Britain. One critic last year quite seriously complained about "La Fille Mal Gardee" -- mocked the retarded and rural folk, as well (memory fades) as some displeasure at the animals.
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Posted 01 April 2001 - 07:03 PM
Britain has a proud history of such "hoaxes.
The BBC once did a piece on the "Spahetti Harvest in Italy". It depicted happy natives in national costume climbing ladders placed against the spaghetti trees and carefully harvesting each strand, so it would not break. Then there was the Guardian's centrefold (c. 1977) about the small, Indian Ocean nation of Sans Serif - a country consisting of two islands shaped like a ;. Now the Guardian frequently had centrefolds about different nations. There would be articles about the politics, geography, economy, main industries, tourism, etc. about these countries - so they did the same for Sans Serif. (For those of you who don't know, sans serif is a kind of type face.) They even threw in a photo contest for readers' best holiday snaps from Sans Serif.
Posted 01 April 2001 - 10:58 PM
Posted 02 April 2001 - 10:41 AM
Posted 02 April 2001 - 12:30 PM
The first one was the best, I thought, simply because it was the first, and so nobody thought it was April Fool's. It was that the Royal Ballet was going to do an ice show. A very, very tacky ice show. It had photos, and everything!
Posted 02 April 2001 - 01:31 PM
Sorry, I just saw your first note. I didn't realize the cover had already been blown.
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Posted 02 April 2001 - 03:31 PM
Anyway, with that horrible MAD COW lingo going around in the U.K., do you think the British government will make a ban towards cattle in the performing arts?
Posted 02 April 2001 - 05:14 PM
Posted 02 April 2001 - 07:06 PM
Originally posted by Sonja:
any chance to drag links to such previous April jokes from the archives for relative newcomers like me??
Here is Bruce's 1 April joke last year.
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