Posted by Richard Willett - Memes and headline comments by David Icke Posted on 6 June 2024

Taxpayer-Funded Trigger Warnings

It can be pretty frightening going to see a play.

At least, that’s what Bush Theatre seems to think, which has published a “self-care” guide for one of its shows.

I first discovered the production Lady Dealer through Facebook. Nowadays I get advertised a huge amount of theatre and artistic content on social media – mainly because of my Substack series Woke Waste (below) – where I investigate examples of taxpayer-funded wokery (as I am to do in this piece).

The algorithms are consequently convinced I am an avid consumer of the arts (which I am, incidentally, just not woke art, meaning I rarely buy tickets).

Almost every time I see a play now I can predict it will be woke in some way.

Lady Dealer looked okay, though, on the surface:

For Charly, every day is the same: neck some coffee, answer the phone, sell some drugs. The flat she once shared with her ex, Clo, is now the base of her growing business. And she’s fine with that. She’s fine! Charly is fine.

I can’t say I was rushing to buy a ticket, but it was a relief to have a break from the usual themes of woke: transgenderism, climate change, race, or all of them intersecting through a non-binary lens of eco trauma.

But not so fast. When I scrolled down the page I saw this:

A self-care guide

Until I opened Bush Theatre’s guide, I thought ‘self-care’ was something Gen Z-ers said when putting on a scented candle before recording a TikTok video about their mental health. But it seems trigger warnings have been rebranded as ‘self-care guides’ – and there’s worse news: these are even longer than original trigger warnings (this one being 12 pages, in fact).

Bush Theatre’s explains:

This document contains information about ways to look after yourself before you visit.

(You’d think you were headed to a remote cave inhabited by rabies-infected bats.)

It adds that its self-care guide has been informed by another organisation (more on this later):

Thank you to Clean Break for bringing their care practices, including Self-Care Guides, to the Bush Theatre during our co-production of Favour (2022). Clean Break is a theatre company working with women with lived experience of the criminal justice system or at risk of entering it.

“The concept of self-care comes from the Black Feminist movement. Self-care is important because it’s about recognising that we experience discrimination and oppression because of how others react to who we are, or what we’ve experienced.” — Clean Break

In writing this document, we were also inspired by recent approaches taken by several other companies, especially the Nouveau Riche and Royal Court teams.

Bush Theatre’s self-care guide goes on to offer warnings that Lady Dealer contains “fatphobia” and the “depiction of alcohol consumption”, along with other dangerous content.

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