Shakespeare’s most famous plays have been translated to emoji, text speak and slang, reports the Daily Mail. The OMG Shakespeare series includes YOLO Juliet, srsly Hamlet, A Midsummer Night #nofilter, and Macbeth #killing it.
In the OMG balcony scene, Romeo and Juliet text each other. Juliet confesses she “hearts” Romeo, though the Capulets will be “pissed” she’s talking with a Montague.
In the first scene of Srsly Hamlet, Marcellus takes a picture on his phone of the ghost of the late King Hamlet before showing it to fellow guardsmen Bernardo and Horatio.
“Dumbing down” Shakespeare’s language is well-intentioned but “absolutely disastrous,” said Alan Smithers, a University of Buckingham professor. “Let’s make Shakespeare more accessible to children and students – but let’s do it with better teaching.”