My Favourite Americans

29 Jan

Kevin Bacon in Footloose: The dictionary and Shakespearian play equivalent in 1984

Concerned American Parents,

How did it take you 400 years to realise Romeo and Juliet has sexual undertones?

This is technically old news (from the 26th), but it’s too funny to not get a mention on the good ole bloggy blog. For those of you who don’t read / listen to / watch the news, quick recap:

Toronto theatre group (Classical Theatre Project) goes to perform their take of Romeo and Juliet in Nashville Tennessee. A group of angry self appointed censors try to halt the performance or at least wholesomeize it.

The show, however, went on. Within the crowd of cheering students and teachers were some unhappy campers. A home-schooling mother (SHOCK) had this to say:

“struggled being here with my son. The sexuality was too much. Our children need to be more pure.”

What is this, the town in Footloose??? No wonder 49% of Americans consider Fox News to be the most trusted news source.

But wait, it gets better.

Let’s take our magical republican school bus to the South West corner of the United States where a Southern California school is BANNING THE DICTIONARY. The Merriam-Webster dictionary is not permitted because a parent complained about the presence of “Oral sex”. The school is currently scanning the whole dictionary for other ‘dirty’ words. Soon, I’m sure all dictionaries will be banned, or they can redact the hell out of them (‘hell’ being one of the words taken out, along with ‘atheism’, ‘homosexual’, ‘premarital’, and ‘democracy’).

Ah, long live America.

5 Responses to “My Favourite Americans”

  1. Kathleen January 29, 2010 at 9:15 am #

    I was wondering when one of my friends in journalism would cover this. This is the company that I am interning for. In the shows that I saw with student audiences, we never had a single complaint and all of the audiences were enthusiastic. Isn’t it required of teachers to actually read Shakespeare before assigning it to students??

    • romeh January 29, 2010 at 9:38 am #

      You would think so! I guess not in middle America. That’s wicked you’re interning for them! So you got to go to Nashville for this fiasco?

      • Kathleen January 29, 2010 at 10:10 am #

        No I’m still TO. I would have liked to experience this though… it would have been interesting.

  2. Karin Lewis January 29, 2010 at 9:22 am #

    That is both horrific and hilarious! Someone needs to do some biblical word searches. Never mind Romeo and Juliet, what about David and Bathsheva, and all the other similar tales of lust and blood from the Bible?

    • romeh January 29, 2010 at 9:37 am #

      as long as it’s God’s will, it’s appropriate? I don’t even know.

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