New Zealand: Andrew Lloyd Webber calls decision to change the term "Children of Israel" to "Children of Kindness" "moronic". The musical is based on a biblical story based on, you guessed it, a Jew and Israel.
Sir Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber slammed 'moronic' teachers for changing the lyrics in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat from 'Children of Israel' to 'Children of Kindness'.
Lyricist Sir Rice- who worked on the musical alongside Mr Webber - criticised the edit as a 'bonkers' attempt to be 'politically correct'.
Close Every Door is sung by Joseph in prison and includes the words: 'Children of Israel are never alone [...] for we have been promised a land of our own.'
The musical tells the biblical story of Joseph and the Israelites leaving Canaan and going to Egypt.
The word 'Israel' does not refer to the country in either the musical or the biblical tale, but to Jacob who was given a second name, with 'children of Israel' meaning Joseph and his brothers.
The coordinator of Artsplash Mary Prichard told Stuff that the organisers wanted to 'keep life simple' for primary school children - but she did not clarify why the word 'Israel' that could complicate life for the students.
I'm not ordinarily in favor of such things, but in some circumstance, summary executions for stupidity seem called for.