Normally I would let an article like this one just quietly float past, without comment. But I found it so laugh out loud ridiculous that I can’t resist comment.
Apparently a group of Shakespeare deniers (I don’t particularly care to name them and give them any sort of Google juice) put up £40,000 to debate Stanley Wells’ Shakespeare Birthplace Trust on the usual, and of course Wells told the buggers to go pound sand, that he’s tired of rehashing the same old arguments.
The fun part comes at the end, where their leader gives us a perfect example of why it is impossible to argue logically with them:
“As Mahatma Gandhi said, ‘First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, and then you win.’ We’ve got to the fight bit.”
First of all, yes, he really did compare his cause to Gandhi, so there’s that. The more amusing bit to me, however, is that the entire article is about the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust’s refusal to debate the topic. So no, Mr. Anonymous, you’ve not got to the fight bit. You’re barely at the ridicule bit, honestly. Most of us would prefer to keep ignoring you.
Thank you, though, for the demonstration in how to ignore facts when they’re right in front of you and only state what supports your case. Ironic, innit?