I object to cheapening classics for a quick buck... but a conversation with that classic or satire or just plain ridicule is fair game. If living artists are expected to stand up to criticism, certainly dead classic ones should too. In fact, de-embalming a classic is doing it a favor - keeping it alive. No, I just want the new artist to do something GOOD with the classic.
If you're gonna hang out with Shakespeare or Da Vinci, then you ought to try to keep up as best you can.