Joan of Arc, the French female warrior and Catholic saint, is going to be portrayed as a gender-neutral character with “they/them” pronouns in an upcoming play at Shakespeare’s Globe theatre in London
Born a peasant in medieval France, Joan of Arc believed God had chosen her to lead her country to victory in its long-running war with England. She led the French to a stunning victory in the battle of Orleans but was later captured by English forces, who burned her at the stake in 1431 when she was only 19
She is now being cast as a non-binary character in the Globe Theatre’s new play, I, Joan.
Breitbart reports: The woke theatre, which stands upon the grounds where William Shakespeare’s original theatre once was, said that the production will see Joan of Arc use the “they/them pronouns” which have become fashionable amid the transgender mania sweeping the Western world.
While the Globe admitted that the play is not intended to be historically accurate, a press release tried to justify the use of the pronouns by claiming that the use of “they” to refer to a single person had been in use in the English language prior to the birth of Joan of Arc.
“History has provided countless and wonderful examples of Joan portrayed as a woman. This production is simply offering the possibility of another point of view. That is the role of theatre: to simply ask the question ‘imagine if?’” the playhouse said.
“We are not the first to present Joan in this way, and we will not be the last,” the Globe added.
Indeed, earlier this year the streaming service Discovery+ also cast the Catholic saint as “non-binary” in its historically questionable LGBTQ+ docuseries The Book of Queer.
Though Joan of Arc was burnt at the stake at the age of 19 after being captured by the English for, among other things, committing blasphemy by donning male clothes, there has never been any historical evidence to suggest that she considered herself as anything other than a woman.
For her heroics, including fighting on in the battle for Orléans after sustaining injuries from archers, she has become a national hero of France, and one of the nation’s patron saints after being canonised in 1920.