I was a bit surprised when I searched the site to find no reference to the BBC's screening of this momentous programme! (NB: Dammit if there is a thread, and apologies). This is in reference to the BBC's decision to screen Jerry Springer the Opera!, an opera satirising the popular TV show, last Sunday (the 9th). Now, the reason for why this was a momentous showing was because of the record number of complaints against it both before (I know I know...) and after - 45,000(!) before and a record number to date afterlink . A combination of its rumoured 8,000 swear words (consisting of allegedly 3,168 f-words and 297 c-words), and, most contreversialy being The production... full of blasphemy by depicting the Lord Jesus, Mary and God as self-centred sexual deviants who give and receive extreme verbal abuse... is obscene. Now I happened to watch the programme (Ok the complaints encouraged me to watch it), and, knowing my Bible (I've read the whole thing cover to cover - not just the New Testament), its not as bad as has been made out. South Park's portrayal of Jesus as a chat show host (ironic, eh?) is definitely more blashphemous I feel (I'm not a practising Christian, but I know my stuff). Furthermore, the "sexually deviant" term is a reference to one particular moment in the opera, as far as I can tell, where Jesus says that "he is a bit gay" - but as a soliloquay! Its not as if he's a drag queen in the opera or anything like that. Regarding this whole saga, for me that was the most damning part of it - the fact that a certain group of Christians (let alone non-Christians) still consider homosexuality as "sexual deviance". The opera was actually rather good - the parody of the whole show and culture around it was spot on. There were never 3,400 swear words in it (297 according to official counts and the screenwriters - including words only loosely described as swear words - and a total of 7 c-words) and they weren't noticeable - it actually became humerous hearing them being used so much and blasely (is that a word), because they lost their meaning. I personally applaud the beeb for showing such a thought provoking TV programme at such a time. PS: I can see this going political reeealy quickly.