Friday, March 6, 2009

Ok, I'm ticked....

I've been thinking about this for a few days now, and after talking to my sister -Heather- about it, I'm going to follow her suggestion and blog about it. I started receiving TV Guide out of the blue a while back, I think because Dish network gifted it to us for six months or something. I got my copy for next week on Monday and started to flip through it from back to front for some silly reason. I saw something that caught my attention and flipped back to it.....there on the page of a national magazine is a woman/actress wearing an exact replica of what I wear in the temple!!! I was horrified, shocked, and hurt.....a television show, Big Love on HBO, has decided to incorporate into its story line one of the wives in the temple, and she has been called to an "excommunication hearing". The producers seem proud of their "research", even hiring an "ex-Mormon consultant" to "help the set and wardrobe designers re-create even the tiniest details." It goes on to say, "We go into the endowment room and celestial room [areas of the temple], and we present what happens in those ceremonies. That's never been shown on television before." (the exec. producer's quote) Can you even believe this? I was in tears and had to go up to my room, kneel and pray for peace and comfort. Most of you reading my blog are members of my faith and probably understand why I felt this way. I'm in tears again just recalling this and blogging about it. HOW can people be so offensive? Why, for the sake of attention and money and television, would people willingly spit upon what is so sacred to me and millions of others? TV Guide goes on to say "The decision won't be without controversy: According to a church insider, 'If they are in fact trying to emulate those rooms in any way, that would be extremely offensive. The general public is not allowed in our temples yet. Not even all Mormons are. We consider them very, very sacred.' Heaven help us." I don't even know how to take that last statement. I am pleased, though, that the "church insider" chose to speak in a calm and respecful manner about this. I feel anger towards all people involved in this television show. I don't subscribe to HBO and before this show aired I signed online petitions against the offensiveness of it. I didn't even know it was still on the air, but now I see how intertwined Satan is with television, Hollywood, entertainment - more than I ever have before. I'm sure this is one of those things the prophet would tell us to just turn the other cheek to, but I don't know. What more can I do but pray that I can feel peace and that others will be inspired to not view the abomination called "Big Love"? I don't blog about this to start an uproar or to inflict any of the same feelings I have had on any of you.....but I couldn't ignore it either.

4 comments:

deana said...

I'll be the first to post. I remember hearing about this show but have heard nothing else. This is an evil thing. I am very offended that this would be allowed to take place. The temple is our sacred place away from the world and now it is being defaced. I am extremely upset that all of this is being recreated. At the second coming these people don't have a chance.I hope they like it really hot!!Burn they will!

Rachelle said...

I totally feel the same way and understand how you must feel. However, I learned a long time ago that most anything that anyone would want to know about the LDS religion is on the internet, books and now tv. EVERYTHING!

Try not to let it bother you so much. People will be disrespectful and hurtful. There is nothing we can do to change their behavior. They are humans with freedom of speech. We can't change behavior. We can ignore/teach/speak up...but we can't change someone else. They do not understand the sacredness of our beliefs/don't care and have no problem making fun of them. We can control our own feelings and reactions towards others- not waste time and energy on careless/hateful attitudes.

Saying a prayer is the best thing to do...

I hope I don't sound too diplomatic, but that's just my personality- I let things roll off and try not to let them bother me. I know what I believe and what I feel and no one else is going to change that.

Amber said...

I HATE this!! I had heard about the show and signed the same petitions but had no idea it was even still on. We don't do HBO at our house either or the TV guide. It's very frustrating how disrespectful people can be. I actually gave up watching my favorite show of all time, "Law & Order" because they did something along the same lines on their show. I meant to blog about it but it was right around the time that I had Callie and I guess time just got away from me.

Let's just say that I feel sorry for those people involved in such an evil production and the day when they will account to the Lord.

Mandy said...

Just have to respond to Rachelle --- I want you to know that I'm definitely not consumed by this anger...I was sharing my current feelings with my friends via blogging. I also know that I cannot change another's behavior or beliefs anymore than they can change mine. I was just telling my sister last week that I am aware that our sacred ordinances and temple work are available online and in other ways, but what makes this somewhat different is that this is not something people will be seeking out intentionally....it's just splashed there on a page of TV Guide.