u bet i do bro
I can play too
Glass has apparently followed that up by saying “That was kind of an off-the-cuff thing to say that in the cold light of day, I’m not sure I can defend at all.” He seems to realize that his foot was in his mouth.
But even if I was to examine his poorly considered statements, the most he said about Shakespeare was that he “wasn’t relatable.” First, that’s an absurd criteria for any form of art. As if all art is a slave to you, the viewer, reaffirming something about your life. It also presupposes that the viewer is under no obligation to engage with the art and seek out that “relatability.” Art only becomes art through the engagement of the viewer. Second, how is Shakespeare not relatable? Because he says “thou” and “thee?” Because he talks about long-dead nobles in a pre-democratic, pre-globalized setting? Bullshit. Hamlet is everyone’s self-loathing. Falstaff is everyone’s self-satisfaction. Othello is jealousy. Macbeth is pride. Prince Hal is ambition. Miranda is innocence. Juliet is passion. Lear is heartbreak. Brutus is guilt. Jacques is melancholy. Caliban is oppression. Coriolanus is reticence. Beatrice is wit and Bottom is joy. Shakespeare is THE MOST RELATABLE WRITER EVER.
Glass said a very dumb thing, and he knows it.