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British actor lambasts UK theaters for trigger warnings

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Why is everyone so sensitive and delicate lately? It’s too much. Just be “adult”!

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The same theatre also warned audiences attending a recent production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" that the comedy contained "language of violence, sexual references, misogyny and racism".

That makes Shakespeare sound almost exciting.

I agree with Callow though. The arts be it stage, film, music or whatever should be a space to explore ideas and issues that make us feel uncomfortable. It helps us better cope with life and broadens our minds.

Meandering through life avoiding every possible discomfort is no way to live.

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Some argue that the 16th century play which features a Jewish moneylender, Shylock, is anti-Semitic. Others say it simply depicts anti-Semitism.

While the remaining 99% just see it as featuring a Jewish moneylender that is miserly.

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Woke culture oozing into theater

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Shylock gets sympathetic treatment from Shakespeare - much better than society would generally have meted out (and Dickens was referencing real gangs in London when he created Fagin) - both are particularly good parts to play. But plenty to trigger the feeble: Othello - stereotyped for his jealousy? Madness (Lear) and disability (Richard III) are hardly dealt with as sensitively as modern manners require. Shockingly, Viola cross-dresses without any overt embracing of LGBTness. And imagine the horror of taking your daughter to see R&J, only to discover that Juliet was 13! How will you keep her pure and well away from boys after that? We need to stop pandering to this woke rubbish and it will pass the way these things do.

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While the remaining 99% just see it as featuring a Jewish moneylender that is miserly.

Not to see Shylock out of the context of anti-semitic stereotypes would be rather obtuse. It was an obvert reference that works have been clear to the audience of Elizabethan England.

I don't think that the 99% all share your perspective.

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Not to see Shylock out of the context of anti-semitic stereotypes would be rather obtuse. It was an obvert reference that works have been clear to the audience of Elizabethan England. 

I don't think that the 99% all share your perspective.

Yes, that's another thing. 99% don't get triggered by stereotypes either.

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BigPToday  07:42 am JST

Why is everyone so sensitive and delicate lately? It’s too much. Just be “adult”!

They're not really. I think it's social media amplifying the smallest voices and putting them into a group. For good and for bad. People on the far left can come together, and people on the far right can come together. but the problem is, the group in the middle, probably the biggest, are the quietest. They seem reasonable. And the whole point of social media is to get the clicks, get the news, and grab the headline, and get the advertisers. So it is in their best interests to ignore the middle ground. They've probably always been there, but the news isn't interested in BORING, AVERAGE PEOPLE.

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Ah-so

OMG,do you really think that way as if most people are racist, sexist etc. Well, seems like that theatre does, it saddens me how things have become

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Interesting how hysterical and triggered people get by trigger warnings. Do trigger warnings need a trigger warnings for right-wingers? Warning, this content may contain progressive warnings.

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Interesting how hysterical and triggered people get by trigger warnings. Do trigger warnings need a trigger warnings for right-wingers? Warning, this content may contain progressive warnings.

If you are excusing trigger warnings then you are part of the problem.

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Ridiculous, so audiences need to be babysat now?, may as well just make a new rating, 'Rated 18' is now 'Not for Snowflakes', that way people could enjoy it without all these warnings. The theatre is assuming that some will be upset by the contents of a play. Midsummer Nights' Dream is a romantic, magical, exciting play with plenty of laughs. Most people who go see it would be aware of the story already.

This "language of violence, sexual references, misogyny and racism", is aimed at the minority, why take the laughs and joy away from the majority?

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