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Homer/Hamlet
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.1828  Tuesday, 3 September 2002

From:           Judi Wilkins <
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Date:           Wednesday, 4 Sep 2002 22:53:05 +1000
Subject:        Homer/Hamlet

Last night on local television (pm 2 Sep Australian time) an episode of
The Simpsons featured 'Classic Tales for Children'.  Apart from The
Odyssey and Joan of Arc, the episode featured Hamlet, with an eponymous
Hamlet/Bart, Homer as The Ghost, Marge as Gertrude, Lisa as Ophelia and
Chief Whickham as Polonius.  Needless to say, in the same vein, Ralph
Whickham was an extremely psycho-socio-incompetent Laertes (and probably
the funniest character in the sketch).

In another vein, the ACT Principals' Association, unfortunately chaired
by the relict of a late colleague of mine, has endorsed the ban imposed
by the Australian Capital Territory Schools Authority on 'MA'  rated
videos including Polanski's 'Macbeth' and Baz Luhrmann's 'Romeo +
Juliet'.  You can read it, but you can't watch it.  How's that for the
corruptive power of visual representation!  Let's get Bill the Bard back
on the page where he belongs! No sex, violence or rude words in the
written Shakespeare that we all know and love!!! (Oh, and Charlie
Weinstein, it's all delivered in the best RP; that's if we are allowed
hear it!).   Dear God, what effect must Titus Andronicus have on the
hearts and minds of the innocent!!!!

Cheers to all, but especially to those Richard Burtish and Terence
Hawkesish degenerates,
Judi.

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