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re: If MISS SAIGON goes, MAME goes too.
Posted by: Michael_Portantiere 12:28 pm EDT 04/25/21
In reply to: re: If MISS SAIGON goes, MAME goes too. - Revned 03:12 pm EDT 04/24/21

Revned, I agree with every word you wrote.

Not to over-analyze, but to me, the main problem with the Peckerwood (!) scenes in MAME and the title song comes when all those Southerners sing "You've made us feel alive again, you've given us the drive again, to make the South revive again, Mame." Even taking into account all your excellent points about the show's satirical portrayal of these characters (and just about every other character), the fact remains that we have a bunch of people singing happily and joyously about "reviving the South," which I think most people would take as referencing a revival of the South the way it was before the war, slavery and all.

In my opinion, if the song "Mame" was only about the Southerners' new-found love and admiration for Mame, and not ALSO about Southern pride and "reviving the South," there would be no problem with the song or those scenes.

P.S. As I've written before, to me, a problem in MAME that's equal or even bigger than the Peckerwood (!) issue is the fact that the show tries to make comic fodder out of the fact that Gooch is about to become an unwed mother, and NOT by choice. I simply don't think that's funny anymore, and in retrospect, I for one find it difficult to understand how it was every funny.
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