While I was writing up the Works page for The Desert Song, I noted some Unfortunate Implications
with the musical. Here are some of them. (But then, YMMV.)
1. The "Eastern and Western Love" sequence. Its name implies that all "Eastern" men are polygamists. The songs don't help either.
2. The Red Shadow/Pierre being the best at single combat in the whole of Morocco.
3. The idea that Arab men are exotic and aggressive at romantic love. (And so savage they have to kidnap women to start a "normal Western" heterosexual relationship.
4. The idea that the poor, oppressed natives need
a white man to save them.
5. The idea that a man is only good marriage material for a European woman if he's European too.
And then there's the plot holes.
Such as why doesn't anyone on the French side notice the governor's son sneaking out to who-knows-where?
Why exactly does Pierre, of all people
get to lead the Riff band? Wasn't there a native Riff who could do the job just as well and had equal single combat skills? (see point 2)For example, anyone else
in the group? The thing is, I actually love this show (But then, I'm an 18-year-old Australian musical geek) so it's not Complaining About Musicals I Don't Like. It's a very Guilty Pleasure
edited 9th Jul '12 1:37:07 AM by MorwenEdhelwen