Lankford: Federal Government Spent $30,000 on Dog Version of Hamlet Lankford: Federal Government Spent $30,000 on Dog Version of Hamlet – NTK Network

Lankford: Federal Government Spent $30,000 on Dog Version of Hamlet

The play simply consists of dogs chasing sheep around a field.

By NTK Staff | 11.27.2017 @11:34am

Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) released his annual federal government waste report on Monday, and Americans angry at government overspending are only destined to get angrier. Lankford listed one especially egregious example of federal dollars being wasted – the production of “Doggie Hamlet.”

According to the Oklahoma senator, the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) spent $30,000 to produce the “play,” which features humans chasing dogs chasing sheep around a field. The humans or animals do not recite any of the lines from the original Shakespeare work.

Lankford said that he was “fine” with the play going on, but he was “just confused why the people of Oklahoma [are] paying for the production of Doggie Hamlet in New Hampshire.”

The creator of the play, Ann Carlson, told The Dartmouth of the importance of the play in breaking down human-animal hierarchy:

When talking about the relation between humans and animals, Carlson said she prefers the terms “human animals” and “non-human animals” so that there is less of a hierarchy.

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