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If it’s so disgusting, why are they enticing readers to look at the pictures?
@Ste: Shakespeare already spoke to this in Hamlet: “The lady doth protest too much, methinks.” They’re publishing it to sell papers – both to the general public there who thinks this is a juicy story, and to the most vocal of homophobes eager to jerk off to the cover when no one’s looking.
@jwrappaport: “Shakespeare already spoke to this in Hamlet”
No he didn’t. Back then, the word “protest” meant to declare one’s loyalty towards something.
@InscrutableTed: Do you bite your thumb at me, sir? Or do you just bite your thumb in general? (Couldn’t resist…)
I have to admit, I didn’t know the old definition, but the essence of the quote is unchanged in any event, and it is still exactly that which I attributed to it: Those who protest (in either sense of the word) the most loudly often do so to mask their contrary feelings. In the scene, Queen Gertrude is saying that the Player Queen’s declarations of love and loyalty were too exaggerated to be believable. That’s exactly what’s going on with these religious nuts: They affirm their loyalty to dogma so wildly and condemn homosexuality so extremely that it’s plausible many of them harbor latent same-sex attractions.
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