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Love” For Controversy?
When “Edginess” Morphs Into Political Correctness
Platt Liebau] 3/13/06
HBO is nothing if not ambitious. Home to popular and well-received
programs like “The Sopranos,” “Six Feet Under,” and “Sex
and the City,” HBO’s newest offering, “Big Love,” combines
titillation with controversy – a recipe for cable success, if ever
there was one. That’s because “Big Love” focuses on a
polygamist and his relationship with his three wives.
contender Hillary Clinton loves “Commander-in-Chief,” the
gauzy Geena Davis drama featuring a female president, presidential
contender Mitt Romney must hate “Big Love.”
Carol Platt Liebau - Senior
Platt Liebau is editorial director and a senior
member of tOR and CRO editorial
boards. She is an attorney, political analyst
and commentator based in San Marino, CA, and
has appeared on the Fox News Channel, MSNBC,
CNN, Orange County News Channel, Cox Cable and
a variety of radio programs throughout the United
States. A graduate of Princeton University and
Harvard Law School, Carol Platt Liebau also served
as the first female managing editor of the Harvard
Law Review. Her web log can be found at CarolLiebau.blogspot.com [go
to Liebau index]
the husband isn’t a mainstream Mormon, like
Romney – the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
(“LDS”) banned the practice in 1890, and unequivocally
condemns it today, threatening its practitioners with excommunication.
Rather, the fictional character belongs to a fundamentalist “splinter
sect.” Nonetheless, it’s hard to deny that the program
calls to mind some of the more controversial elements of LDS
history, and predictably, many mainstream Mormons are outraged.
The program has attracted plenty of attention – including
a largely favorable feature story on the front page of the L.A.
Times’ “Calendar” section (followed by another
front page review, which was considerably less laudatory), and
pieces in publications ranging from The Washington Post and National
Review (where it received a surprisingly favorable write-up)
to the Hartford Courant and the Indianapolis Star. And it may,
in fact, turn out to be quite entertaining.
But in fairness, it’s worth wondering whether “Big
Love”’s creators would have dared to raise the hackles
of other American minorities with such bravado. Certainly a drama
about the unusual lives or practices of certain “splinter” segments
of the gay or lesbian community would have been a provocative
choice (and a timely one, in the wake of “Brokeback Mountain”-mania);
same goes for those pursing the rapper-style “pimp and
ho” lifestyles. Or think of the interest that would have
been generated by an “edgy” new series on an American-Arab
family belonging to a fundamentalist Muslim splinter sect. But
it’s hard to escape the suspicion that the largely white
and conservative demographics of the LDS population in America
made “Big Love” a safely PC bet.
If “Big Love” turns out to be an enormous hit, no
doubt we’ll learn much, much more about its creators – and
whether they believed they were engaged in a “courageous” enterprise
by bringing a program about a fundamentalist Mormon splinter
sect to the small screen. But at this point, one thing seems
certain: Controversy in Hollywood means little more than being
willing to pick a fight with all the “right” people. -one-
Carol Platt Liebau is a political analyst, commentator and tOR / CRO editorial
director based in San Marino, CA. Ms. Liebau also served
as the first female managing editor of the Harvard Law
Review. Her web log can be found at CarolLiebau.blogspot.com
2006 Carol Platt Liebau