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re: If MISS SAIGON goes, MAME goes too.
Posted by: Revned 03:12 pm EDT 04/24/21
In reply to: If MISS SAIGON goes, MAME goes too. - Jax 12:35 pm EDT 04/24/21

I always find that criticism of MAME to be unreasonable.
The authors of the show were certainly not defending the practice of slavery. Yes it existed, and it was shameful and horrendous and disgraceful. But does that mean that the history of a large region of our country should never be mentioned?
The Southern episode in MAME takes place in the 1930s, several generations after the abolition of slavery. Yes, there were still racists in the South at that time; there are still racists today in all parts of the country. By showing Southern characters onstage, the show is not implicitly condoning racism.
Furthermore, the old-fashioned Southern culture depicted in the show is not simply celebrated and "embraced." The Southern characters, other than Beauregard, are viewed through a comic and somewhat critical lens; Sally Kato is quite unsympathetic and Mother Burnside is grotesque.
I think the point being made (led by Beau) in the title song is that Mame's sophistication and refreshing outlook (symbolized by her making friends with the fox and turning the outmoded tradition of the hunt on its ear) provided his old-fashioned family and their friends with a much-needed fresh perspective. "You came, you saw, you conquered, and absolutely nothing is the same." Her taboo-busting liberalism is celebrated throughout the show.
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