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

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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*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