In the wake of the sentencing of punk band Pussy Riot, and the consideration of a harsh new law that criminalizes offending the delicate sensibilities of religious believers, a Russian city has ordered a theater to stop selling tickets to a performance of Jesus Christ Superstar because of complaints from Christians.
Rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar has been pulled before a performance in the Russian city of Rostov-on-Don following complaints from Orthodox Christians. The believers claim the production is in breach of a controversial new religious offense law.
A group of eighteen private citizens sent a letter to the administration of the large city in the south of the country ahead of a touring performance of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, which premiered 42 years ago.
“In our view the image of Christ presented in the opera is incorrect. If they want to stage a play about the life of the Savior, they should first clear it with the local church authority,” one of the offended believers told Life News.
“Now that there is a law for these offenses, we have decided to appeal to the state for help.”
Or they could try, you know, not going to the goddamn musical.