Triggered by Shakespeare

Triggered by Shakespeare, by Taki Theodoracopulos.

England’s prestigious Cambridge University lost a little bit more of its luster by issuing a preemptive “trigger warning” to students of English literature who might make the mistake of reading Shakespeare and having an emotional meltdown as a result.

The old Triggerer. This was the first portrait to be acquired by the National Portrait Gallery, in 1856.

The specific caution was issued to undergrads prior to a lecture about Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus and The Comedy of Errors due to the fact that the discussion would include “potentially distressing topics” such as “discussions of sexual violence” and “sexual assault.”

Both plays are over 400 years old and were apparently written in an age when people weren’t nearly so touchy.

What’s next — a blanket ban on the works of Charles Dickens because his name includes the word “dick” and thus might frighten rape victims?