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Gay 'Romeo and Julian' school play called 'political correctness' gone mad
ANI ^ | Feb 27, 2009

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.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: agitprop; culturewar; downourthroats; homosexualagenda; indoctrination; inourfaces; littleredschoolhouse; revisionisthistory; sexpositiveagenda; stalinisttactics; teensex; usefulidiots
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1 posted on 02/27/2009 12:24:15 PM PST by presidio9
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To: presidio9

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 ?


2 posted on 02/27/2009 12:25:36 PM PST by Perdogg (Only the hypnotized never lie)
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To: presidio9
The version was praised by actor Sir Ian McKellen when he saw it last month, reports The Telegraph.

He found the two male leads especially "yummy".

3 posted on 02/27/2009 12:25:59 PM PST by a fool in paradise ("Do you know the website number?" - VP Joe Biden)
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To: presidio9
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.

I thought women weren't in the theater at all (officially).

4 posted on 02/27/2009 12:26:37 PM PST by a fool in paradise ("Do you know the website number?" - VP Joe Biden)
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To: presidio9

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.


5 posted on 02/27/2009 12:27:24 PM PST by Hatheos
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To: presidio9

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?


6 posted on 02/27/2009 12:28:18 PM PST by VanDeKoik (Just another day for you and me in Obama paradise...)
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To: presidio9
The play was performed by students aged 14 to 16 at Leytonstone School last month.

Was it video taped or filmed? It would be considered as "Child porn"................

7 posted on 02/27/2009 12:28:28 PM PST by Red Badger (The Zero has more Chicago Bull than Michael Jordan...................)
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To: presidio9

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.


8 posted on 02/27/2009 12:28:34 PM PST by Catholic Canadian ( I love Stephen Harper!)
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To: presidio9

What’s next re-writing the bible to read Adam and Steve?


9 posted on 02/27/2009 12:28:51 PM PST by LottieDah (If only those who speak so eloquently on the rights of animals would do so on behalf the unborn)
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To: presidio9
However, Commons leader Harriet Harman rebuked him, saying: "I seem to remember that in Shakespearean times

she's that old?
10 posted on 02/27/2009 12:28:58 PM PST by ari-freedom (Hail to the Dork!)
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To: presidio9
This headline had me mad as hell for a second.

Great Britain....didn't they used to be a country or something...

11 posted on 02/27/2009 12:30:57 PM PST by Semper Mark (Communism is Socialism with a gun to your head.)
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To: presidio9

Did he die from an Poison Gerbil?


12 posted on 02/27/2009 12:32:02 PM PST by ImJustAnotherOkie
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To: presidio9

“...’mind-blowing’ political correctness.”

Talk about the jokes writing themselves.


13 posted on 02/27/2009 12:32:55 PM PST by swain_forkbeard (Rationality may not be sufficient, but it is necessary.)
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To: Hatheos
There wasn’t the point of determining which was which though. What a moron.

Actaully, there are several examples of women pretending to be men in Shakespeare's plays. Merchant of Venice, As You Like It, etc.

14 posted on 02/27/2009 12:33:27 PM PST by presidio9 (Islam Is As Islam Does)
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To: presidio9
Drama teacher Jo Letson reworked Shakespeare's play to challenge 'homophobia and homophobic bullying'

No, it was written to, once again, push the gay agenda.

15 posted on 02/27/2009 12:33:50 PM PST by softwarecreator (Definition of a sucker: Pay your bills like a responsible adult to pay for those who didn't!)
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To: presidio9
Romeo. oh Romeo, where fore fart thou?

Tis Julian,the sun in the East, and buggery in his West!

16 posted on 02/27/2009 12:39:23 PM PST by Candor7 (Fascism? All it takes is for good men to say nothing, ( member NRA)
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To: presidio9

Up next: MacBeth, now with a love/hate M/M subplot.

“Lay on, MacDuff! and damn’d be he who first cries Hold, enough!”


17 posted on 02/27/2009 12:44:02 PM PST by pogo101
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To: softwarecreator; Fred Nerks
No, it was written to, once again, push the gay agenda.>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

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.

18 posted on 02/27/2009 12:44:11 PM PST by Candor7 (Fascism? All it takes is for good men to say nothing, ( member NRA)
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To: presidio9

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?


19 posted on 02/27/2009 12:44:32 PM PST by Hatheos
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To: LottieDah
What’s next re-writing the bible to read Adam and Steve?

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.

20 posted on 02/27/2009 12:45:01 PM PST by Ol' Sparky (Liberal Republicans are the greater of two evils)
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To: presidio9
Ironic....I've stated before that the only proof needed in opposition to Gay marriage is to think of Romeo and Juliet as "Romeo and Ed".

It doesn't work. The reason being that there is no genetic motivation for the Montagues and Capulets to object to the marriage, which is the crux of the problem in "Romeo and Juliet." If Romeo and Juliet have a child, the two families have a genetic reason to stop fighting.

Gay marriage can't produce offspring so "Romeo and Ed" is a play with, literally, no plot.

21 posted on 02/27/2009 12:46:02 PM PST by Psycho_Bunny (ALSO SPRACH ZEROTHUSTRA: Worst. President. Ever.)
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To: Perdogg

“Hey la, my boyfriend’s back.”

Mark Knopfler, great song.


22 posted on 02/27/2009 12:47:14 PM PST by bootless (Never Forget. Never Again. And NEVER GIVE UP!)
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To: presidio9

As long as they still both commit suicide at the end, I’m cool with it.


23 posted on 02/27/2009 12:49:39 PM PST by Sloth (The tree of liberty desperately needs watering.)
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To: presidio9
As if any further proof of England's devolution into a meaningless, rabidly socialist little country that has lost not only it's rugged individuality but it's moral conscience, were necessary, this is it.

Lefty British politician Harriet Harman is a perfect example of what has helped bring England to it's knees. The leftist mania for alleged 'equality' and politicians like Harman pushing it as if this gender-switching drivel were somehow relevant to the nation. A nation besieged by Muslim immigrants striving to Islamize the country and impose Sharia. Meanwhile, Labor party politicians like Harman push for more and more 'rights' for those engaging in homosexual behavior. This way lies madness. What happened to the British?

England is doomed, and America is next if we keep voting for leftists. Elections have consequences. Sometimes very bad consequences, such as Harriet Harman.

24 posted on 02/27/2009 12:50:22 PM PST by Jim Scott (Do not go gentle into that good night)
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To: a fool in paradise

Harriet’s an idiot.

Women and girls were played by young boys.

Which sometimes resulted in a boy playing a girl who was pretending to be a boy.

But there was never any doubt in the mind of the audience as to the sex of the actor.

Only those salacious Frenchies allowed women on stage. As we all know, actresses are all whores. (Actually, at the time they pretty much were.)

Come to think of it, not all that much has changed in that regard.


25 posted on 02/27/2009 12:50:37 PM PST by Sherman Logan (Everyone has a right to his own opinion, but not to his own facts.)
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To: a fool in paradise
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.

You are correct, and this liberal MP is an ignoramus.

Men and boys played all women's roles because women were forbidden by law from appearing on the stage.

Women were not allowed perform on public stages until 1660.

26 posted on 02/27/2009 12:51:09 PM PST by mojito
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To: Sherman Logan
actresses are all whores.

Hi. Did someone call me?


27 posted on 02/27/2009 12:54:43 PM PST by CholeraJoe (Release Johnny 3 Tears!! First political prisoner of the Obama Administration.)
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To: CholeraJoe

Yeah, Barack’s assistant again pretending to be Obama.


28 posted on 02/27/2009 12:55:36 PM PST by a fool in paradise ("Do you know the website number?" - VP Joe Biden)
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To: Candor7

Where art thou gerbil?


29 posted on 02/27/2009 12:57:31 PM PST by a fool in paradise ("Do you know the website number?" - VP Joe Biden)
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To: presidio9

Dear God..


30 posted on 02/27/2009 12:59:45 PM PST by JSDude1 (R(epublicans) In Name Only SUCK; D(emocrats) In Name Only are worth their weight..)
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To: presidio9

GANDALF!!!! GANDALF IS A POOFTER????? SAY IT AIN’T SO!!!


31 posted on 02/27/2009 1:05:49 PM PST by Cap'n Crunch (Rush Limbaugh, the Winston Churchill of our time)
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To: a fool in paradise
You're right — no female actors appeared on a stage in Shakespearean times.

Sometimes boy actors would play the role of girls, pretending to be boys. But, no actual girls were on stage.

Harman has probably confused her Shakespeare with British pantomime — which does feature a lot of cross-dressing (with actual female actors on stage too).

32 posted on 02/27/2009 1:06:41 PM PST by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: Cap'n Crunch
GANDALF!!!! GANDALF IS A POOFTER????? SAY IT AIN’T SO!!!

He wanted to give up the young boys but he just couldn't kick the hobbit.

33 posted on 02/27/2009 1:07:23 PM PST by techcor (I hope Obama succeeds... in becoming a one term president.)
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To: presidio9

Just what do gays want? I always thought gays simply wanted to hang out in their own clubs and occasionally bugger each other. Now, it seems, they are forcing their way of life on the kindhearted and unwary.

I believe the entire gay community is being exploited by the left for political advantage. If gays believed in smaller govt, lower taxes and school choice, they wouldn’t be the darlings of the MSM.


34 posted on 02/27/2009 1:07:57 PM PST by Professor_Leonide (I said to the young man who showed me a photo, "Who can ever be sure what is behind a mask?")
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To: Perdogg

A lovestruck Romeo, sings the streets a serenade
Laying everybody low with a love song that he made
Finds a streetlight, steps out of the shade
Says something like, “You and me, babe, how about it?”

Juliet says, “Hey, it’s Romeo, you nearly gave me a heart attack”
He’s underneath the window, she’s singing
“Hey, la, my boyfriend’s back
You shouldn’t come around here, singing up people like that
Anyway, what you gonna do about it?”

Juliet, the dice was loaded from the start
And I bet, and you exploded in my heart
And I forget, I forget.. the movie song
When you gonna realize, it was just that the time was wrong, Juliet?

Come up on different streets, they both were streets of shame
Both dirty, both mean, yes and the dream was just the same
And I dreamed your dream for you and now your dream is real
How can you look at me, as if I was just another one of your deals?

Well, you can fall for chains of silver, you can fall for chains of gold
You can fall for pretty strangers and the promises they hold
You promised me everything, you promised me thick and thin, yeah
Now you just say, “Oh, Romeo, yeah, you know
I used to have a scene with him”

Juliet, when we made love, you used to cry
I said, “I love you like the stars above, I love you till I die”
And there’s a place for us, you know the movie song
When you gonna realize, it was just that the time was wrong, Juliet?

I can’t do the talk, like the talk on the TV
And I can’t do a love song, like the way it’s meant to be
I can’t do everything, but I’d do anything for you
I can’t do anything except be in love with you

And all I do is miss you and the way we used to be
All I do is keep the beat, and the bad company
And all I do is kiss you, through the bars of Orion
Juliet, I’d do the stars with you any time

Juliet, when we made love, you used to cry
I said, “I love you like the stars above, I’ll love you till I die”
There’s a place for us, you know the movie song
When you gonna realize, it was just that the time was wrong, Juliet?

A lovestruck Romeo, he sings the streets a serenade
Laying everybody low with a love song that he made
Find a convenient streetlight, steps out of the shade
He says something like, “You and me, babe, how about it?”


35 posted on 02/27/2009 1:10:51 PM PST by Durus (The People have abdicated our duties and anxiously hopes for just two things, "Bread and Circuses")
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To: presidio9

Homeo, oh Homeo! Wherefore art thou, Homeo!


36 posted on 02/27/2009 1:11:21 PM PST by J40000
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To: presidio9

P.C. go to hell!...first let me knock your teeth out...then we can talk!


37 posted on 02/27/2009 1:12:10 PM PST by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: presidio9

You can legislate til you are blue in the face but calling a homo a homo will go on!....


38 posted on 02/27/2009 1:14:28 PM PST by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: J40000

“Hee I is!”

IT’S BUCKWHEAT!


39 posted on 02/27/2009 1:16:31 PM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: techcor

Next thing ya know they’ll be changing the name of ‘The Hobbit’ movie to ‘Brokeback Baggins.’

no, it’s just not right.. say it ain’t so gandalf


40 posted on 02/27/2009 1:17:52 PM PST by Cap'n Crunch (Rush Limbaugh, the Winston Churchill of our time)
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To: presidio9

I don’t think it would work, but I’ve always wondered about Rosencrantz and Guildenstern...


41 posted on 02/27/2009 1:24:21 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: Cap'n Crunch

Good one!


42 posted on 02/27/2009 1:26:06 PM PST by techcor (I hope Obama succeeds... in becoming a one term president.)
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To: presidio9; stylecouncilor

“England is a fag country.” —Archie Bunker


43 posted on 02/27/2009 1:49:13 PM PST by onedoug
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To: Billthedrill
You are unintentionally aiding the homosexualagenda when you make jokes like this. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern were childhood friends sent to get Hamlet killed, he outwits them, and they are killed instead. There is nothing indicated even a hint that something was gay. As a matter of fact, Shakespeare's plays are remarkable for the fact that there are no gay characters or references. I know that shirtlifting was supposedly frowned upon at that time. But Shakespeare was the master of the innuendo. And since 10% of our society is gay, and Shakespeare was probably a liberal (for his day) one would think that the gay references would be all over the place. But they aren't.
44 posted on 02/27/2009 1:54:21 PM PST by presidio9 (Islam Is As Islam Does)
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To: presidio9

Actually I’m quite intentionally laughing at them. The same has been said in the “new” criticism about Mercutio and Romeo as well.


45 posted on 02/27/2009 2:07:05 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: presidio9

Between crap like this and coddling the Muhammadians I fear for the UK more and more each day.


46 posted on 02/27/2009 2:35:43 PM PST by DemonDeac
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To: presidio9
"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.

Girls will be boys and boys will be girls
Its a mixed up muddled up shook up world except for Lola...

47 posted on 02/27/2009 2:38:51 PM PST by dfwgator (1996 2006 2008 - Good Things Come in Threes)
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To: Perdogg

This song from “Making Movies” seems more appropriate:

Les boys do cabaret
Les boys are glad to be gay
They’re not afraid now
Disco bar in Germany
Les boys are glad to be
Upon parade now

Les boys got leather straps
Les boys got SS caps
But they got no gun now
Get dressed up get a little risqué
Got to do a little s & m these days
It’s all in fun now

Les boys come on again
For the high class whores
And the businessmen
Who drive in their Mercedes Benz
To a disco bar in old Munchen

They get the jokes that the D.J. makes
They get nervous and they make mistakes
They’re bad for business
Some tourists take a photograph
Les boys don’t get one laugh
He says they’re useless

Late at night when they’ve gone away
Les boys dream of Jean Genet
High heel shoes and a black beret
And the posters on the wall that say
Les boys do cabaret
Les boys are glad to be gay


48 posted on 02/27/2009 2:40:56 PM PST by dfwgator (1996 2006 2008 - Good Things Come in Threes)
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To: Candor7
Juliet: "Oh Romeo, whilst though affix thy lips to my nether root, and while away thy suicidal sores of pestilent buggery?"

I think I just threw up ... internally.  =)

49 posted on 02/27/2009 3:50:49 PM PST by softwarecreator (Definition of a sucker: Pay your bills like a responsible adult to pay for those who didn't!)
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To: Candor7
Juliet: "Oh Romeo, whilst though affix thy lips to my nether root, and while away thy suicidal sores of pestilent buggery?"

I think I just threw up ... internally.  =)

50 posted on 02/27/2009 3:51:05 PM PST by softwarecreator (Definition of a sucker: Pay your bills like a responsible adult to compensate for those who didn't!)
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