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GMB viewers have been enraged by a debate over adding trigger warnings on pantomimes, after the Cambridge Luvvies issued a warning over their production of Rapunzel.
Appearing on Good Morning Britain today, Tru Powell, of Birmingham, said the university was right to use trigger warnings because “subconscious messages” on shows can negatively impact people.
The entrepreneur, who is a social commentator advocating for equal representation of all races, genders and sexualities, claimed pantos can “put people in a space where they can’t control their emotions.”
However, actress Linda Lusardi, who has starred in pantomimes regularly for the past 30 years, said adults are usually already familiar with the show’s themes and she never complained about the content.
It comes after the Amateur Dramatic Club at the University of Cambridge warned people who went to see a version of Rapunzel from her famous comedy troupe that it contained scenes of kidnapping, homophobia, sexism, drug and alcohol abuse.
Appearing on Good Morning Britain today, Tru Powell, of Birmingham, said pantos should have trigger warnings because ‘subconscious messages’ can ‘put people in a space where they can’t control their emotions’
Actress Linda Lusardi, who has starred in pantomimes regularly for the past 30 years, says adults are usually already familiar with the show’s themes.
Tru says we “really” need the warnings because comedy shows “contain themes that may be harmful to others”.
“When we talk about trigger warnings, we provide the public with the information so they can make informed decisions about whether they want to place them in a space that can trigger really bad emotions.
“I don’t see anything wrong with content with a trigger warning if it contains scenes that could trigger. I think it’s really problematic to think that because it’s a pantomime and it’s a family event, they’re not harmful.
“They can be very harmful and it can put people in a space where they can’t control their emotions. There’s nothing wrong with your audience making informed decisions about whether or not they want to be in this space or not, or even mentally prepare themselves.
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