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“Rewriting” Old Books- Romeo and Juliet

You might have heard about the controversy over modern attempts at “editing” Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Evidently some people would like you to believe that the old south, including Mississippi, treated black men with respect and dignity in the 1880-1890s.

You also might have heard about the new (for USA) MTV show ‘Skins‘. Evidently, it is a racy show that highlights teen sexuality– among other things.

Quite a few “concerned” morons have expressed dismay over its effect on “impressionable” youth and others have wondered about whether it is “illegal”.

Since official dogma seems to favor rewriting books to remove “controversial” material, why not butcher Shakespeare’s- Romeo and Juliet. In that play- Juliet was only 13-14 years old and Romeo not older than 16.

I am certainly not the first to point out how that would play out in our current dystopic world.

So why not edit that work to make them appear older? What harm can butchering the most important part of a book do to its value?

Maybe we can also have a Chris Hansen cameo at the end of ‘Lolita‘.

Or we could just burn books..

Comments?

  1. January 20, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    Hey, we could kill two birds with one stone, striking a victory both for proper family values AND post-racial society: make Romeo and Juliet an interracial couple!

  1. January 21, 2011 at 12:19 pm

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