Because he thought of it first. (Yes, I know, videos two days in a row, but this is worth it!)
I am completely blown away by the fact that this animation wasn’t authored by the mad duo responsible for South Park, Book of Mormon, and a host of other insane comedies. It is a super fan’s video. They either need to kill this guy or sue him or hire him. I hope they choose the third option. This is one talented fan.
When our 24-year-old daughter (we’ll call her Wee One) came to visit earlier this year, we wanted to get tickets to a show, and I instantly thought of Book of Mormon. Here were our reasons:
1. We hadn’t seen it
2. We really wanted to see it
3. It would make us look like cool, irreverent parents and not the dull lumps into which we are in constant danger of transforming.
When we got to the theater, Beloved and I were bouncing around, excited about the show, but Wee One’s mood could best be described as tepid. I assumed she was tired, so I didn’t think anything of it. Then the show started. And her jaw dropped. Seriously. She didn’t close her mouth for the first hour. We three hooted and howled and cheered and affectionately elbowed each other until intermission. Baldly fishing for a compliment, I asked her what she thought. The poor stunned child replied, “I thought we were going to some religious show. This is f***ing amazing!” Mission accomplished! Our cool façade was preserved for one more visit.
If you like your musical theater with a side of foul language and blasphemy and you haven’t seen Book of Mormon, go. Go now. Take your grown kids. WARNING: Do not take underage children. This would inevitably result in repeated visits to the principal’s office to explain those children’s use of shocking language and their very, very bad behavior. On the other hand, it would eventually also produce some screamingly funny anecdotes, so you be the judge. If you do take your children, please don’t forget to include us in the inevitable ensuing hilarity.
Epilogue: Upon further reading, I learned that not only is Simon Chong not being sued, he was contacted by the owners of the copyright and received retroactive permission to use the images and music. For free. Amazing. However, Chong also notes that while Matt and Trey’s third partner, Bobby Lopez, enjoyed the video, he did he say was going to have to kill him anyway. Can’t really blame him.