Outrage as Shakespeare’s Globe Theater lets one roam around in ‘very scary’ GIMP suit horrifies families – because his fetish costume ‘didn’t have offensive slogans’
The outfit was seen at a recent matinee performance of A Comedy of Errors.An audience member described the head-to-toe gimp suit as ‘highly inappropriate’.The fetish outfit is usually associated with people who engage in BDSM activities.
Staff at Shakespeare’s Globe allowed a man in a head-to-toe gimp suit into the theater because it ‘didn’t contain offensive slogans’.
Bard’s fans were outraged by her unusual choice of fetish costumes, which included a facemask and leather harness, at a recent matinee performance of A Comedy of Errors.
Gimp suits are commonly associated with sexual activities such as bondage, discipline, dominance, submission, sadism and masochism (BDSM).
A concerned theatergoer at the London venue described it as ‘grossly inappropriate’ as children were in the audience and was surprised staff did not ask him to leave.
He made a formal complaint to the venue after the May 24 incident, the Daily Telegraph reported.
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Bard fans were less surprised to see a man in a gimp suit (as pictured) at a recent matinee performance of A Comedy of Errors.
The woman concerned said: ‘Even if a child doesn’t know what a latex suit is or what sex means, it’s still a very scary scene and it leaves parents very uncomfortable when it comes to explaining what’s going on to their children.
‘I found the whole thing highly inappropriate and I’m not the only one – a lot of people were clearly uncomfortable in her presence.’
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The visitor received a response from a manager at Shakespeare’s Globe that while staff were aware of the man in question, they did not ask him to leave because the costume did not contain offensive or discriminatory slogans or words.
An internal report circulated by a manager that day confirmed that staff had raised comments about Gimp’s clothing, but that they felt no action was necessary.
The report also revealed that their ‘only concern’ was that the man might overheat in the costume.
A spokeswoman for Shakespeare’s Globe confirmed the venue would review its policy on dress and said: ‘This is the first time we’ve had anyone attend a performance dressed in blue latex.
‘We were aware of a few comments from staff at the time but are not aware of any formal complaints from staff.
‘We received an email from an audience member after the event, whose feedback has been taken into consideration for the future.
‘We regularly review the Visitor Guidelines, which can be found on our website.
‘Our focus is to ensure all audience members are safe and able to enjoy their time at the Globe. Our security personnel are present 24/7.’
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