The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.0970  Friday, 27 April 2001

From:           Sam Small <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Friday, 27 Apr 2001 14:28:19 +0100
Subject: 12.0958 Boring Bard Barred
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.0958 Boring Bard Barred

Not being known for any support of the new religion of
"politically-correctism" I will say it out straight regarding the
Guardian article posted by Karen Peterson.  Is the South African Gauteng
Education Committee black and extreme left-wing?  Whether they are both
or none, one thing is clear - they are all dumb.  Shakespeare, more than
any other writer, wrote of the human sub-conscious.  He wrote for every
living human soul on the planet.  And of course men dominated his plots.
Gauteng-ers one and all should take five minutes to read a piece of
history and realize why women did not appear on the Elizabethan stage
and that human emotions, good and evil, abide in women as they do in

The racist allegations are also immature and, frankly, uneducated.  It
was a cultural phenomenon of the time, therefore Shakespeare wrote about
it.  Racism is still a world wide problem.  But it is not something that
was invented by white Europeans.  Every race and culture across the
globe can be accused of unreasonably disliking another - usually the one
next door.

Perhaps the citing of pessimism is the most ridiculous attack on
Shakespeare - or any piece of writing for that matter.  It is a
fascistic interference in the way artists perform and present their
work.  I find it astonishing that South Africa, of all countries, the
country that was supported most by the libertarian art world, has so
shamefully betrayed their previous supporters.   I always thought people
would learn and grow by reading the Bard.  It seems I was wrong.


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