Cambridge University students given ‘trigger warnings’ in case Shakespeare upsets them

Students at one of Britain’s most prestigious universities are reportedly being sheltered from sexual and violent scenes in the plays of William Shakespeare.

Advocates of the ‘trigger warnings’ – alerting readers to potentially distressing material – say they protect people from the possibility of being upset, while critics argue that they curtail academic freedom.

Assuming both innocence and lack of knowledge of the bard’s most famous works, lecturers at Cambridge University have introduced the warnings for “potentially distressing topics.”

  • Jay Currie


    The whole “elite university” idea needs to die and this will help kill it.

    In the not so very distant future there will be micro colleges in which smart people teach other smart people what they need to know about our history, culture and achievements. There will be no trigger warnings, safe spaces or “studies” courses and kids will learn a lot. It may be online, or in rented accommodation or in ivied halls of colleges which have failed because they stopped teaching and, instead, tried to cocoon the little snowflakes.

    We have better chats, and more instruction, at my dinner table.

  • Clausewitz

    Force them to read Othello. Watch their heads explode.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    “Or some Shakespearian scene
    Where a ghost and a prince meet
    And everyone ends as mincemeat.”

  • Lightstream

    What a bunch of babies.

  • Barrington Minge

    Oh dear me. Maybe they should start with Titus Andronicus. That one is a bit gory!!!
    LOL !!!!

  • tom_billesley

    There’s a revised version of Romeo and Juliet that’s culturally appropriate and less triggering for mahometan students. It ends with the two lovers being stoned to death by their families for entering into an illicit relationship.

  • Hard Little Machine

    From this day to the ending of the world,

    But we in it shall be rememberèd-

    We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;

    For he to-day that sheds his blood with me

    Shall be my brother; be he ne’er so vile,

    This day shall gentle his condition;

    And gentlemen in England now a-bed

    Shall think themselves accurs’d they were not here,

    And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks

    That fought with us upon Saint Crispin’s day