Fury as Shakespeare’s Globe theater lets a man in a ‘very creepy’ GIMP suit roam the venue scaring families – because his fetish outfit ‘did not contain any offensive slogans’
- The outfit was recently spotted at a matinee performance of A Comedy of Errors
- One visitor described the Gimp suit from head to toe as “extremely inappropriate”.
- Fetish outfits are usually associated with people engaging in BDSM activities
Shakespeare’s Globe staff allowed a man wearing a head-to-toe bondage outfit to remain in the theater even after receiving complaints from “uncomfortable parents” because his bondage outfit “did not contain any offensive slogans”.
Fans of the bard were far from amused to spot the unusual choice of fetish outfit, which included a face mask and leather harness, at a recent matinee performance of A Comedy of Errors.
Gimp suits are more 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 “extremely inappropriate” given the presence of children in the audience and was surprised when staff didn’t tell him to leave.
She filed a formal complaint with the venue following the incident on May 24. The Daily Telegraph reports.
Shakespeare’s Globe staffers allowed a man wearing a head-to-toe bondage outfit to remain in the theater even after receiving complaints from “uncomfortable parents” because his bondage outfit “did not contain any offensive slogans”.
Fans of the bard were far from amused to spot a man wearing a gimp suit (similar to the one pictured) at a recent matinee performance of A Comedy of Errors
The concerned woman said: “Even if a child doesn’t know what a latex suit is or the sexual connotation it has, it’s still a very scary sight and puts parents in a very awkward position when it comes to explaining to their children what’s going on.”
“I found the whole thing extremely inappropriate and I wasn’t the only one – a lot of people were obviously uncomfortable with his presence.”
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The visitor received a response from a Shakespeare’s Globe manager, saying that although the staff knew the man in question, they did not ask him to leave because the outfit did not contain any offensive or discriminatory slogans or language.
An internal report circulated by a manager that day confirmed that employees had made comments about the Gimp outfit but didn’t feel it necessary to take any action.
The report also revealed that their “only concern” was that the man in the outfit might overheat.
A spokesperson for Shakespeare’s Globe confirmed the venue would be reviewing its dress code, saying: “This is the first time anyone has come to a performance in a blue latex costume.”
“We were aware of some comments from employees at this time, but we are not aware of any formal complaints from employees.”
“We received an email from a viewer after the event whose feedback has been considered for the future.”
“We regularly review the Visitor Policy, which can be viewed on our website.”
“Our focus is to ensure all spectators are safe and enjoying their time at the Globe.” “We have 24/7 security on site.”