Patrick Stewart is slammed for skipping Shakespeare's sonnets that 'aren't politically correct': Actor, 81, is told he should have let people 'make up their own minds' about poems on 'Dark Lady' and 'woman colour'd ill'
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The head of one of Britain's top universities has criticised Sir Patrick Stewart after he refused to read some of Shakespeare's sonnets because of 'political correctness'.Patrick Stewart is rather an odd choice of target for the Fail's ire
The actor, 81, skipped several poems about the Bard's 'Dark Lady' and one referring to a 'woman colour'd ill' during his recitation of a sonnet a day for online videos during the first Covid lockdown.
Sir Patrick, celebrated for his Shakespearean performances, explained that he disliked the attitudes conveyed in these verses - or struggled to make sense of them.
Professor Sally Mapstone, 64, the principal of St Andrews University in Scotland, praised the actor's decision to read the sonnets, which she found 'very salutary'.Criticism! Criticism!
But speaking on a podcast for the Scottish Arts and Humanities Alliance she added: 'I didn't think he was right to skip a couple in a rather politically correct way, frankly.
'I think he should have just read them and let people make up their minds but, as he said, it was his choice.'Oh
Why is the Fail trying to raise outrage over this?
Some of the Shakespeare poems that Sir Patrick skipped are among a group known as the Dark Lady sonnets.Ah. Darkies. Just another day in Daily Fail land.
Although the subject of the verses is unknown, and still sparks debate, it has been suggested by some scholars that she may have been a woman of African or southern European heritage.