February 17, 2006

JUST REPLACE “KISS” WITH “SAFE SEX” AND EVERYBODY WILL BE HAPPY

School play Romeos face bar on kissing (John Clare, The Telegraph, February 17th, 2006)

Romeo will no longer be allowed to seal his love for Juliet with "a righteous kiss" or, indeed, any kiss at all under new guidelines for school plays drawn up by the Welsh Assembly.

The advice, which could soon be extended to the rest of the UK, says love scenes between pupils should "stop at a peck on the cheek to protect youngsters from abuse".

It goes on: "Drama teachers must cut or adapt plays if they have to in order to protect children and young people. They should not rely on arguments about the artistic integrity of the text."

A Welsh Assembly spokesman said yesterday: "Protecting children is our key priority. Teachers should be sensitive to learners' concerns about issues such as kissing and never insist that any child or young person should kiss another."[...]

Ending the balcony scene, Romeo tells Juliet: "Farewell, farewell! One kiss and I'll descend."

And in the play's tragic climax, Juliet, suiting the action to the words, says to her dead lover: "I will kiss thy lips; haply some poison yet doth hang on them?"

In neither case does a peck on the cheek seem to meet the case.

Love is too obscene to be included in the goody bag.

Posted by Peter Burnet at February 17, 2006 5:00 AM
Comments

From the article: This was no candy icon; it was a toy syphilis lesion, bright red, with feet.

A contest to name the final degradation that would start the pendulum swinging back toward sanity would be fun. Passing out plastic enlargements of syphilis sores to school girls would seem to qualify, but apparently there are further lows awaiting us.

Posted by: erp at February 17, 2006 10:07 AM

No kissing but $)*%* away?

Posted by: Sandy P at February 17, 2006 12:48 PM
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