Skip to comments.Gay 'Romeo and Julian' school play called 'political correctness' gone mad
Posted on 02/27/2009 12:24:14 PM PST by presidio9
A British school that staged a gay version of Romeo and Juliet - called Romeo and Julian - has been accused of 'mind-blowing' political correctness.
The play, which was performed by teenagers at a mixed school in east London to coincide with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered (LGBT) History Month, has caused a stir in parliament.
Drama teacher Jo Letson reworked Shakespeare's play to challenge 'homophobia and homophobic bullying'.
The version was praised by actor Sir Ian McKellen when he saw it last month, reports The Telegraph.
Calling for a debate on political correctness during questions on upcoming Commons business, Tory MP Philip Davies said: "This is mind-blowing.
"Anyone with an ounce of sense would want their children to be learning Romeo and Juliet rather than Romeo and Julian."
The MP for Shipley in Yorkshire added: "Romeo and Juliet is one of the greatest works ever written. It is a play that every child should study.
"It is very worrying that this literary masterpiece is being used for such a politically-correct purpose."
However, Commons leader Harriet Harman rebuked him, saying: "I seem to remember that in Shakespearean times, boys would play girls and girls would play boys and the whole point was trying work out which was which.
"There is going to be a debate next Thursday about new equality legislation so we can ensure everybody in this country is treated with fairness, respect and not subject to prejudice and discrimination - and indeed cheap shots - from you."
The play was performed by students aged 14 to 16 at Leytonstone School last month.
A lovestruck romeo sings a streetsus serenade
Laying everybody low with me a lovesong that he made
Finds a convenient streetlight steps out of the shade
Says something like you and me babe how about it ?
He found the two male leads especially "yummy".
I thought women weren't in the theater at all (officially).
Harriet needs to go back to school then. Yes, men dressed in drag to play women. I don’t recall women being in plays, but I could be wrong on that. There wasn’t the point of determining which was which though. What a moron.
Will there be a play “challenging” Islamofascism next?
Oh that’s right, they actually might kill you for doing that.
But the supposed hateful, and murderous Christians are the one really to be feared?
Was it video taped or filmed? It would be considered as "Child porn"................
I would see this for it’s comedic value, because I’ve a feeling that’s all it will eventually be worth. It makes me think of a skit off a comedy/variety show that might have aired in the 60s or 70s by Wayne & Shuster or something.
What’s next re-writing the bible to read Adam and Steve?
Great Britain....didn't they used to be a country or something...
Did he die from an Poison Gerbil?
“...’mind-blowing’ political correctness.”
Talk about the jokes writing themselves.
Actaully, there are several examples of women pretending to be men in Shakespeare's plays. Merchant of Venice, As You Like It, etc.
No, it was written to, once again, push the gay agenda.
Tis Julian,the sun in the East, and buggery in his West!
Up next: MacBeth, now with a love/hate M/M subplot.
“Lay on, MacDuff! and damn’d be he who first cries Hold, enough!”
Juliet: "Oh Romeo, whilst though affix thy lips to my nether root, and while away thy suicidal sores of pestilent buggery?"
For the Brits, this is worse than Broke Back Mountain was for cowboys.
Thanks, I wasn’t sure, like I said, if there were women in plays at that time. Was the point to determine which was male and which was female though?
Homosexual activists are already attempting to claim David and Johnathon were lovers and that Jesus was a homosexual. So, your comments might not be far from becoming reality.