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    Updated on Aug 24, 2020. Posted on Jul 28, 2014

    This Is How The Internet Is Reacting To Ira Glass Hating Shakespeare

    Radio host Ira Glass didst belittle Shakespeare and the internet doth protest.

    On July 28, radio personality Ira Glass took to Twitter to share his newfound thoughts on Shakespeare.

    @JohnLithgow as Lear tonight: amazing. Shakespeare: not good. No stakes, not relatable. I think I'm realizing: Shakespeare sucks.

    Ira Glass@iraglass

    @JohnLithgow as Lear tonight: amazing. Shakespeare: not good. No stakes, not relatable. I think I'm realizing: Shakespeare sucks.

    12:12 AM - 28 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    As it turns out, he doesn't seem to be the Bard's biggest fan.

    Same thing with the great Mark Rylance shows this yr: fantastic acting, surprisingly funny, but Shakespeare is not relatable, unemotional.

    Ira Glass@iraglass

    Same thing with the great Mark Rylance shows this yr: fantastic acting, surprisingly funny, but Shakespeare is not relatable, unemotional.

    12:15 AM - 28 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    People on the internet haven't taken too well to his opinion.

    With all due respect, @iraglass, what the hell are ya talking about

    Daniel Pecoraro@dpecs

    With all due respect, @iraglass, what the hell are ya talking about

    12:15 AM - 28 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    But he doesn't seem to care.

    @dpecs that maybe Shakespeare sucks

    Most people on Twitter think Glass is wrong:

    Ira Glass declares that Shakespeare is "not relatable," which is the most laughable criticism one could have about anything art oriented.

    emilycoyle@coylemily

    Ira Glass declares that Shakespeare is "not relatable," which is the most laughable criticism one could have about anything art oriented.

    1:50 PM - 28 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    "Fuck that dude, Ira Glass" - Shakespeare

    Ira Glass was talking trash about Shakespeare, but he's probably jealous because Shakespeare has never even HEARD of him.

    Josh Gondelman@joshgondelman

    Ira Glass was talking trash about Shakespeare, but he's probably jealous because Shakespeare has never even HEARD of him.

    11:43 AM - 28 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Just fyi @iraglass keeps saying "Shakespeare sucks" and I think he's gone insane.

    Chris Taylor@christaylor_nyc

    Just fyi @iraglass keeps saying "Shakespeare sucks" and I think he's gone insane.

    9:47 AM - 28 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Is Ira Glass trolling with this "Shakespeare is unemotional"stuff? I hope so. He's an ostensibly "smart" guy.

    Frank McDevitt@frankmcdevitt

    Is Ira Glass trolling with this "Shakespeare is unemotional"stuff? I hope so. He's an ostensibly "smart" guy.

    12:24 AM - 28 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Some have his back:

    Does this Ira Glass thing mean we all get to stop pretending to enjoy Shakespeare?

    Josh Barro@jbarro

    Does this Ira Glass thing mean we all get to stop pretending to enjoy Shakespeare?

    1:01 PM - 28 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    @iraglass I totally agree about Shakespeare. It's one of those things you feel pressured to like-liking it says more about status than taste

    Byrd McDaniel@JohnnyByrdMcD

    @iraglass I totally agree about Shakespeare. It's one of those things you feel pressured to like-liking it says more about status than taste

    11:35 AM - 28 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    And others are just having fun with it:

    "i remember the day white people were forced to choose between Ira Glass and Shakespeare."

    Josh Oakley@WineAndPop

    "i remember the day white people were forced to choose between Ira Glass and Shakespeare."

    1:34 PM - 28 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Which do you think would make the audience of @iraglass angrier: him denouncing Shakespeare or criticizing quinoa?

    Sean Davis@seanmdav

    Which do you think would make the audience of @iraglass angrier: him denouncing Shakespeare or criticizing quinoa?

    1:46 PM - 28 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Please, don't make us choose between @iraglass and William Shakespeare.

    sideshow@sideshow

    Please, don't make us choose between @iraglass and William Shakespeare.

    1:30 PM - 28 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    "Hasn't this Shakespeare guy heard of postmodernism?" - Ira Glass, probably

    EPCOT Fitzgerald@mttbry

    "Hasn't this Shakespeare guy heard of postmodernism?" - Ira Glass, probably

    11:54 AM - 28 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    One reporter, Lois Beckett, even started tweeting a satirical combination of Glass' radio show and King Lear, This American Lear:

    *Goneril voice-over* "And then...I don't know how to describe it...my dad just started acting crazy. He wanted to keep all his employees..."

    Lois Beckett@loisbeckett

    *Goneril voice-over* "And then...I don't know how to describe it...my dad just started acting crazy. He wanted to keep all his employees..."

    12:42 PM - 28 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    *Regan voice-over* "And he kept running outside in the middle of the night--it was scary!*

    Lois Beckett@loisbeckett

    *Regan voice-over* "And he kept running outside in the middle of the night--it was scary!*

    12:43 PM - 28 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    *Goneril voice-over* "And what I didn't realize, was that, dealing with my dad's dementia, all of our other family tensions would come out"

    Lois Beckett@loisbeckett

    *Goneril voice-over* "And what I didn't realize, was that, dealing with my dad's dementia, all of our other family tensions would come out"

    12:43 PM - 28 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    IRA GLASS VOICEOVER: "....We called Cordelia, the third daughter, for comment, but she never replied."

    Lois Beckett@loisbeckett

    IRA GLASS VOICEOVER: "....We called Cordelia, the third daughter, for comment, but she never replied."

    12:45 PM - 28 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    *INTERSTITIAL LUTE MUSIC, RUMBLES OF THUNDER* "When we return, part 3: The Storm. What does it really mean to be grateful to your parents?"

    Lois Beckett@loisbeckett

    *INTERSTITIAL LUTE MUSIC, RUMBLES OF THUNDER* "When we return, part 3: The Storm. What does it really mean to be grateful to your parents?"

    12:49 PM - 28 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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