Guardian Unlimited | Arts features | 'We have to protect people'

Guardian Unlimited | Arts features | ‘We have to protect people’ : “But more than one gay playwright is at a stake here. Allen claims he is acting to ‘encourage and protect our culture’. Does ‘our culture’ include Shakespeare? I ask Allen if he would insist that copies of Shakespeare’s sonnets be removed from all public libraries. I point out to him that Romeo and Juliet was originally performed by an all-male cast, and that in Shakespeare’s lifetime actors and audiences at the public theatres were all accused of being ‘sodomites’. When Romeo wished he ‘was a glove upon that hand’, the cheek that he fantasised about kissing was a male cheek. Next March the Alabama Shakespeare festival will be performing a new production of As You Like It, and its famous scene of a man wooing another man. The Alabama Shakespeare Festival is also the State Theatre of Alabama. Would Allen’s bill cut off state funding for Shakespeare?”

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ignorant and uninformed legislators…. yes, it likely would ban shakespeare…. and reading the constitution would likely be next.