Sometimes we deserve everything we get. You know, the sexism, the idiocy, the daddy issues, the privileged, insufferable idiots who thinks they know better than the rest of us, so they can sit in a high table and judge what’s better for the rest, because of course they know best.
If you’re not aware, here’s something to spoil your weekend. The BBC decided, they will edit Shakespeare, rewrite Midsummer Night’s Dream, scrap a portion where Helena threatens suicide over her love for Demetrius, because it might “hurt” young women.
Oh poor woebegone young women! How naive they are!
Other than the fact that it is infantalising to imagine, women are not capable of thinking for themselves, or understanding what they should note from a classic play, let’s see what the director has to say.
““I don’t care what Shakespeare was thinking, I don’t care, it is my name on it. It was standard in 1590 for a woman in a love story to say that I am about to kill myself. It is not standard now.
“I am deliberately hoping to get young girls watching. I will not transmit lines in which women are so much in love that they are threatening to commit suicide.””
What an insufferable, privileged, infuriating, raging narcissist! THIS is not about you, you utter imbecile!
““2016 I’m not having lovelorn women say they’ll kill themselves. I’m not putting that on BBC One, I absolutely refuse.””
Right…because some people stopped committing suicide, or some people stopped being lovelorn. How idiotic is this, when people can watch BDSM at the click of the mouse, but have to edit Shakespeare, because it’s “OH SO DANGEROUSLY INFLUENTIAL FOR YOUNG WOMEN!”
Let’s carry on.
“Emma Rice, the artistic director at Shakespeare’s Globe, has confessed that she tries to condense as much as she can. In her current production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream she has changed Helena’s gender and told The Times that the romance with Demetrius made more sense to her if it was a homosexual one.”
Here’s the thing, why not change it altogether? Like have Hamlet have a Playstation wearing moody pink hair during “To be or not to be…”…or shave Portia’s eyebrows, add a septum piercings and couple of tattoos, because isn’t that what noble ladies used to wear in the fifteenth century. Or even better, scrap the entire play and write one of your own, rather than changing classics!
Look, I understand. It is another post-modern rendition where everything should be judged from the modern ethical lens. The world according to these people should be a boring bland beige, nothing is dangerous, or bad, everything is non-offensive, non-challenging, non-binary. Where does that lead us to? Who in the blue hell is this Russell T Davies to decide what’s good or bad for us? The taxpayers pay for his salary so because he would boss around with his ideas interpreting Macbeth to be a gender nonconforming furry. It’s not being a Shakespeare purist, nor is it being prejudiced against any kind of sexuality. By all means, create new characters, straight, gay, non-binary, write new plays, and direct them…and let people decide on their quality. Just for the love of God, stop remodelling classics according to what one person thinks is suitable for society. He doesn’t care about Shakespeare purists? We don’t care about what you think is good or bad for 2016…let us decide that.
Russell T Davies has no Loco Parentis, is not the honorary father of all teenage girls and boys in this world…that will be a miserable life to have him as father anyway. But this is for BBC, and everyone who watch BBC. Get this moron out of his high horse deciding for us, if needed start a petition against changing Shakespeare, and stop him and his ilk from turning society to a bunch of moaning, whining, emasculated weaklings.
Otherwise, life will be no different than parody.