Shakespeare and Porn

Shakespeare would never be considered pornography using the old Kansas common-sense test.

How’d you like to wake up to that quote in your news folder on a Monday morning?  I thought that the art/porn/first amendment issue had been put to bed (ha!) decades ago during the Larry Flynt era, but I guess Kansas is still talking about whether to condemn porn as a public health hazard.

The only argument came from Rep. John Carmichael, who brought up First Amendment concerns and used Shakespeare and Michelangelo as examples. This brought up the quote above from Rep. Chuck Weber, calling the comparison “ludicrous.”

I wonder if Rep. Weber has read anything other than Romeo and Juliet? Do you think he gets the “country matters” line in Hamlet, or “her C’s, U’s and T’s, from which she makes great P’s” joke in Twelfth Night?  How over the top do you think we could get with a production before we changed his mind?

 

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