The Metropolitan Opera's production of La Sonnambula
was booed recently by fans because of the postmodern staging by director Mary Zimmerman. Jessica Simpson was recently razzed for forgetting the lyrics to her songs. Today we ask whether booing is ever appropriate, and we find out about the origins of booing. We're joined by Terry Teachout
, drama critic of the Wall Street Journal, and Ben Zimmer
, a linguist and executive producer of the Visual Thesaurus.Soundcheck blog
: John Schaefer asks, "Why not boo?"