Big trouble or big ratings?: HBO’s “Big Love.”
Some members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints got their sacred undergarments in a twist about an upcoming episode of “Big Love” in which secret religious practices and spaces are depicted. HBO has apologized, but, as Salt Lake Tribune columnist Vince Horiuchi wonders, will all this hubbub just serve to draw more attention to Sunday’s installment of the series?
The Salt Lake Tribune:
If The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints had not uttered a single word about this Sunday’s episode of “Big Love,” it wouldn’t have exploded into the hotbed of controversy it has become. Now, a lot more people are sure to watch Sunday night’s episode.
In a statement released on Monday, the Church criticized an upcoming scene inside an LDS temple that shows sacred practices, rooms and garb. “Certainly Church members are offended when their most sacred practices are misrepresented or presented without context or understanding,” officials said.
No one outside of the network has seen the episode, including myself as of this writing. So how does anyone know that these practices will be “misrepresented or presented without context or understanding?”