City of Verona bans Romeo & Juliet

Funny story written by Richard Silver

Thursday, 19 July 2007

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Today the Department of Education in the city of Verona, Italy, has reached a decision, and officially banned the well-known play "Romeo and Juliet" from the school education system.

"Romeo & Juliet" has always been an irreplaceable play, taught in countless schools around the world. But recently, many schools around the city of Verona, started sending complaints to the Ministry of Education about its questionable political correctness.

"We cannot ignore that the play, seen by many as Shakespearean classic, is in fact extremely prejudice. It pictures the people of Verona, and the Italians in general, as violent, selfish, and sexist people, who enjoy killing each other and causing suffering to their own children. We will not allow such prejudice meanings be taught in our schools. That is why we decided to ban the play." Explained the Mayor of Verona in a local news broadcast.

Following the declaration about the ban, a large group of civilians organized a demonstration against the ban, led by, surprisingly, some Verona Mafia leaders.

"Why are they banning 'Romeo & Juliet'? 'Tis such a good play! It teaches important values, like, uh... Respect to your parents! Yeah, and also that honor is worth risking life for. Hehe. And self-sacrifice for your boss... uh, goal, that's important too! And most important of all, everything stays in the family, ka-pish?" Said Rocko Morano, a local mafia member.

The demonstration failed to reach its goals and return the play to the schools. So it seems that, at least for now, the teens of Verona are free from studying impossibly difficult Shakespearean English literature. But don't be too happy, kids, there's a chance the lovely play would be replaced with a different one, less insulting to the Italians, but worse for you, like the one about the ill-fated Danish prince, for example.

The funny story above is a satire or parody. It is entirely fictitious.

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