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Barbra Misattributes Quote
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.2014  Monday, 7 October 2002

[1]     From:   Clifford Stetner <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 1 Oct 2002 11:29:46 -0400
        Subj:   Barbra Misattributes Quote

[2]     From:   Clifford Stetner <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 1 Oct 2002 11:36:27 -0400
        Subj:   Barbra Misattributes Quote 2

[3]     From:   Hardy M. Cook <
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        Date:   Monday, October 07, 2002
        Subj:   Misquotation


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From:           Clifford Stetner <
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Date:           Tuesday, 1 Oct 2002 11:29:46 -0400
Subject:        Barbra Misattributes Quote

From the big deal file:

Barbra Streisand made this speech after singing a parody version of The
Way We Were that attacked Bush and the Republicans. The Republicans are
now all over the misattribution of the quote and some spelling errors in
a memo that her website claims was dictated over the phone. I believe
this quote is from Julius himself, and I doubt that the Republicans are
helping their cause by publicizing it.

BJS: You know, really good artists have a way of being relevant in their
time. But great artists are  relevant at anytime.

              So, in the words William Shakespeare,

              "Beware the leader who bangs the drums of war
              in order to whip the citizenry into a patriotic fervor,
              for patriotism is indeed a double-edged sword.
              It both emboldens the blood, just as it narrows the mind.

              And when the drums of war have reached a fever pitch and
the
               blood boils with hate and the mind has
              closed, the leader will have no
              need in seizing the rights of the citizenry. Rather, the
citizenry,
              infused with fear and blinded with patriotism, will offer
up
              all of their rights unto the leader, and gladly so.

              How do I know?

              For this is what I have done.

              And I am Caesar."

BJS (contd.): Imagine that was written over 400 years ago. It's amazing
how history without consciousness is destined to repeat itself.

So from the words of William Shakespeare to the words of Irving Berlin.

              Tonight I sing this next song as both a declaration and a
              prayer -- to God to keep us safe. and a
              prayer for our Democratic leaders to continue to have the
              strength and the courage to stand up for what
              is right.

              Speech Copyright 2002

Clifford Stetner
CUNY
http://phoenixandturtle.net

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From:           Clifford Stetner <
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Date:           Tuesday, 1 Oct 2002 11:36:27 -0400
Subject:        Barbra Misattributes Quote 2

Apologies to the editor, but further investigation makes even the Caesar
attribution questionable.

Clifford Stetner

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From:           Hardy M. Cook <
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Date:           Monday, October 07, 2002
Subject:        Misquotation

The following appeared in The Washington Post a few days ago.

Babs, Beware the Bogus Bard!

By a Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, October 2, 2002; Page C03

Democratic strategist Barbra Streisand last week faxed a typo-ridden
memo to House Minority Leader Dick Gephardt -- spelled "Gebhardt" --
that accused President Bush of using Iraq for craven politics and
exhorted Democrats to "get on the offensive."

Now she's embroiled in an embarrassing new flap.

Yesterday cybergossip Matt Drudge revealed that a purported William
Shakespeare quote that Streisand recited at Sunday's $6 million
Democratic fundraiser in Hollywood is a hoax. Streisand promptly
acknowledged her mistake and her publicist, Dick Guttman, said she would
correct the error on her Web site, BarbraStreisand.com. In a "truth
alert" posted there Monday night, Streisand blamed "a new employee" for
the misspelled memo and added "the ironic further truth" that "Barbra
Streisand is a former spelling bee champion, meticulous in her written
communications!"

At Sunday's Kodak Theatre concert, Streisand told the crowd: "You know,
really good artists have a way of being relevant in their time -- but
great artists are relevant at any time. So, in the words of William
Shakespeare, 'Beware the leader who bangs the drums of war in order to
whip the citizenry into a patriotic fervor, for patriotism is indeed a
double-edged sword. It both emboldens the blood, just as it narrows the
mind. . . . The citizenry, infused with fear and blinded with
patriotism, will offer up all of their rights unto the leader, and
gladly so. How do I know? For this is what I have done. And I am
Caesar.' "

Drudge wrote that "no record of this quote has been found prior to its
appearance on the Internet (in e-mails) last year." And Streisand said
through her publicist: "It was just called to my attention, but it
doesn't detract from the fact that it is powerful and true and
beautifully written. Whoever wrote it is damn talented. I hope he's
writing his own play."

Unfortunately, Georgetown University English professor Lindsay Kaplan, a
Shakespeare scholar, can't begin to understand how the diva was fooled.
"First of all, words like 'patriotism' and 'citizenry' were not even in
use when Shakespeare was alive," she told us. "Beyond that, it's just a
very clumsy piece of writing."

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A29583-2002Oct1.html

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