Tuesday, June 17, 2008

In their stars (and theirs alone) they are above us

Picked up a Globe for the flight back this morning and found this bizarre editorial claim:
Hinduism will continue to thrive long after Mike Myers's The Love Guru has finished its run in movie theatres, rather as Christianity has survived satires on its abuses in comedies such as Shakespeare's Twelfth Night and Molière's Tartuffe, and as Judaism has survived the portrayals of rabbis in the films of Woody Allen.
Sorry, but ... Twelfth effing Night?!

No doubt cross-dressing and extravagant leg wear are a little less than strictly pious. But a satire of Christian abuses?! ... Guys! It really is best to get a working knowledge of a play--i.e. all the text that comes after the title--before you start running around making claims as hysterical as that.