Monday, January 11, 2010

SHORT FEATURE: FRENCH FRIED STAR WARS

While we’re still on the subject of musicals (I’ll get that review of Voyage Of The Rock Aliens out soon, I promise), I might as well post this video which is currently making the rounds on the Internet.

I can declare war on France for this, right? It has to be covered somewhere in Just War Theory. If not, it should be. And do we need any more proof than this video that dancing IS NOT appropriate for all subject matter.

That’s why Pope Benedict XVI, then writing as a Cardinal, explicitly stated in his book Spirit Of The Liturgy that “Dancing is not a form of expression for the Christian liturgy. In about the third century, there was an attempt in certain Gnostic-Docetic circles to introduce it into the liturgy. For these people, the Crucifixion was only an ap­pearance. Before the Passion, Christ had abandoned the body that in any case he had never really assumed. Danc­ing could take the place of the liturgy of the Cross, be­cause, after all, the Cross was only an appearance. The cultic dances of the different religions have different pur­poses—incantation, imitative magic, mystical ecstasy— none of which is compatible with the essential purpose of the liturgy of the “reasonable sacrifice”. It is totally absurd to try to make the liturgy “attractive” by introducing dancing pantomimes (wherever possible performed by professional dance troupes), which frequently (and rightly, from the professionals’ point of view) end with applause. Wherever applause breaks out in the liturgy because of some human achievement, it is a sure sign that the essence of liturgy has totally disappeared and been replaced by a kind of religious entertainment. Such attrac­tiveness fades quickly—it cannot compete in the market of leisure pursuits, incorporating as it increasingly does various forms of religious titillation... Liturgy can only attract people when it looks, not at itself, but at God, when it allows him to enter and act. Then something truly unique happens, beyond competition, and people have a sense that more has taken place than a recreational activity. None of the Christian rites includes dancing.”

Anybody who argues otherwise should be forced to watch this video one time for each bead on the rosary as penance. Oh crap, wait, we’re against torture aren’t we?

13 comments:

Mike in CT said...

Dont ever. EVER. Show that video again.

Or else I shall be forced to send a wookie to rip the arms from thy sockets.

Egad.

EegahInc said...

Oh no, not the Wookies! They still haven't forgiven for digging up the Holiday Special last Christmas.

PaperSmyth said...

Is it me, or are a couple of those Darth Vaders (that just is so wrong to make plural) female?

That violates some kind of cosmic reality.

EegahInc said...

"Is it me, or are a couple of those Darth Vaders (that just is so wrong to make plural) female?"

Considering the article I just read on American Papist about the current state of Catholicism in France (only 4.5% go to Mass once a week!), I'm thinking they aren't too hung up on gender identification.

romishgraffiti said...

That video screamed, "I had four years of ballet and I'll be damned if I'm letting it go to waste!"

Arkanabar T'verrick Ilarsadin said...

OK, there are some things that are cool in their awfulness (such as the TF2 version of "Yeah Toast!"), that I will share with family.

Even though I felt a touch of nostalgia for the single used as the soundrack of this video, it is not one of them.

EegahInc said...

Sorry, folks, I knew this one would bring the pain when I posted it. Hey, at least I didn't post the Donnie & Marie Star Wars special.

Yet! Bwah ha ha haaaa!

Anonymous said...

Okay, I know I'll probably regret this, but...could you please post the link for this? Or a proper title so I could google it? 'Cause my security filters are giving me a big blank instead of cinemagraphic Franco-satanic suffering. And I feel kinda left out. thanks!
Xena Catolica

EegahInc said...

Well, you asked for it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i9jz0G-RrDs&hl=en_US&fs=1&rel=0

If that doesn't work, the title is: Star Was Made in France

Anonymous said...

When I'm finished vomitting, I'm going to spend several days in recovery. In fact, I may have to stay offline a while till I lose the desire to take out the makers of that with a Romulan disruptor. And I may have to fly to Utah to see Fr. Erik for confession, 'cause I don't think my local pastor will quite understand.....

Xena Catolica

EegahInc said...

I myself will avoid Utah for awhile because Fr. Erik might actually watch the video, know that I posted it, and... well, he has guns, you know.

SherryTex said...

I want those four minutes back with interest.

EegahInc said...

Hi SherryTex, thanks for dropping by. Unfortunately, as things are pretty low budget around here, all pain, cheesiness, and loss of God given time is non-refundable.