tragedy? What would The Bard think?
The Globe Theatre in London, a purportedly faithful reconstruction
of the Elizabethan Era playhouse where William Shakespeare’s plays were first
presented, recently tweeted a video clip from its current production of the
trans positive play I, Joan. The play is essentially a counterfactual, propagandistic
transgender version of Joan of Arc. The Globe quickly deleted the tweet
after it was rightfully subjected to much ridicule but did not take down a
YouTube clip of the prologue from I, Joan.
If you watch the YouTube clip, you will see that the play opens
with actress Isabel Thom (who specifies her pronouns as “they/them” on her
Twitter page) stating: “Trans people are sacred. We are the divine.
We are practicing our divinity by expressing authenticity. By enjoying our
multiplicity. Elevating our humanity, finding the unity hidden inside
community, remembering our collective connectivity fuels courageous creativity,
unlocking the blessed spirituality that we all seek. Yeah, this s**t’s about to
“Finding the unity hidden inside
community, remembering our collective connectivity?” Did Thom (they/them)
attend the Kamala Harris School of Public Speaking? The narcissism of the more militant
members of the LGBTQIIA+ community is breathtaking. And off-putting to say the very
Rejecting and defacing God’s design is anything
but divine. Engaging in chemical castration, the lopping off of body parts, and
causing or celebrating the permanent sterilization of young people is neither “spiritual”
Holding oneself/theyselves up to be
special, somehow above the rest of us boringly heterosexual mere mortals is disingenuous,
depraved, and despicable.
As happens so often with the tragically
woke, Thom’s alleged attempt to get serious or “spiritual” is completely
derailed by use of inappropriate, derogatory, or profane language. “This s**t’s
about to get spiritual?” Really? (Methinks “they” dost profess too much.)
If I were to take a page from the
Playbook of the Perpetually Oppressed, I would say, as a non-trans person, Thom
comes off as The Merchant of Menace. I don’t feel safe when I hear the words she/they
spoke. In my opinion, she/they is one/or more shrew/or shrews that should be
If I, Joan, the play, never saw a "Twelfth Night," I would say: "All’s
Well That Ends Well."