Dame Judi Dench, 89, brilliantly rips apart PC trigger warnings on old shows: 'If you're that sensitive - DON'T GO!'

Dame Judi Dench, 89, brilliantly rips apart PC trigger warnings on old shows: 'If you're that sensitive - DON'T GO!'

WATCH HERE: Should Shakespeare be filtered for 'the woke brigade?' Plays to come with trigger warnings sparks debate

Alex Davies

By Alex Davies

Published: 14/05/2024

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The iconic British actress has been appearing on-screen for over six decades

Dame Judi Dench, 89, has shared her honest opinions of the new wave of trigger warnings being splashed across older forms of art.

In the past few years, several TV shows, theatre performances, and films have been slapped with warnings to modern-way audiences for fears of causing of offence.

For example, the classic BBC comedy sketch show Little Britain returned to iPlayer last year, but certain jokes deemed discriminatory were edited out.

The comedy which starred David Walliams and Matt Lucas included several scenes that today's audiences judge to be "racist", "sexist" and "derogatory".

On the big screen, iconic spy James Bond failed to avoid the wrath of the political trigger warning after decades of steering clear of murderous villains.

The British Film Institute (BFI) screened a number of classic instalments from Ian Fleming's spy series earlier this year, including You Only Live Twice and Goldfinger, both of which came with warnings that they may offend modern audiences.

Judi Dench

Judi Dench has spoken out about trigger warnings on older material


Dench starred in several Bond films herself, beginning in 1995's GoldenEye before she exited in 2012's Skyfall.

But it isn't just the screen where Dench has honed her craft having performed in several plays and theatre shows through the years.

In a new interview, Dench was asked for her thoughts on the idea of the theatre putting trigger warnings on plays - and it's safe to say Dench feels responsibility lies with the consumer.

“Do they do that? My God, it must be a pretty long trigger warning before King Lear or Titus Andronicus," Dench said.

Judi Dench

Judi Dench has been acting since the late 1950s


"I can see why they exist," she mulled before saying: "But if you’re that sensitive, don’t go to the theatre, because you could be very shocked.

"Where is the surprise of seeing and understanding it in your own way?" she pondered to Radio Times.

Dench isn't the only big name from the world of showbiz to speak out about trigger warnings in recent weeks.

Clarkson's Farm star Jeremy Clarkson ripped apart the notion of warning viewers about creative content, writing in The Times: "Today, we have warnings before every show about all of the horrors that lie ahead.

Judi Dench was speaking in this week's Radio Times

Judi Dench was speaking in this week's Radio Times


"We’re told that we are going to see nudity and smoking, and that there may be drug 'misuse'... We had none of that before Bouquet of Barbed Wire.

"Today we are told on an hourly basis that our children are subjected to far too much online titillation.

"But back in the day, if you went into a newsagent’s or a petrol station to buy a Sherbet Fountain and some Spangles, one whole wall would invariably be plastered with a seemingly endless selection of girlie magazines."

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