Cambridge college bans students overly sexualised 50 Shades of Greythemed May Ball

first_imgA Cambridge college threatened to cancel this year’s May Ball following the appearance of an “over-sexualised’’ Bible-themed promotional video filmed by students in the “Forest of Sin”.Dons at Hughes Hall forced students to take down the 50 Shades of Grey-esque trailer for the annual event from Facebook because it could “reflect badly” on the college. Ball organisers said, “while we thought the trailer was sexy and fun, it appears we may have overstepped the mark”. Last week Cambridge University admitted that it has a “significant problem” with sexual misconduct, after receiving almost 200 complaints in a matter of months.The University revealed high numbers of complaints after it launched an anonymous reporting system which has also been adopted by other institutions.Of the 173 recorded complaints, 119 were allegations by students of misconduct by other students. Two students made complaints about staff, while  seven staff members  complained about the action of colleagues. A spokesman for Hughes Hall said: “The college has a duty of care to its students, including their online welfare, and had understandable concerns about the nature and content of the May Ball trailer.”The student May Ball committee kindly agreed to remove the video from the May Ball website and social media until we are able to have a more detailed with committee members on Monday.” Hughes Hall Hughes Hall Organisers have said the ball will go ahead as planned “Whatever you fancy, this is your night to pamper yourself and give into temptation…”.Despite the college’s intervention, Hughes Hall Committee are understood to be sticking to the theme of the June 16th event, though the video may be re-shot. College authorities are reported to have described the May Ball promotion as ‘overly sexualised’ However the video’s producer argued: “If the College take issue with the video they should be promoting discussion about it, not censoring it and trying to cover it up”.  Hughes Hall Hughes Hallcenter_img A student beckons in a scene from the student video Alumni include Dr Andrew Murrison, Conservative MP for South West Wiltshire and a former under-secretary for Northern Ireland, and Tom Ransley, the 2016 Olympics gold medal-winning rower.May Ball organisers on the event’s Facebook page urged students to: “Abandon yourself to your guilty pleasures enjoying a range of sultry burlesque and pole dance performances.”Luxuriate and spend away your student loan in our exclusive casino. Release your inner wrath in our dodgems ride or simply relax with a massage and hang out in our shisha den. “Fortunately hundreds of people had already watched the video and I’m sure the Hughes Hall May Ball will be a great event despite this unfortunate censorship.”Hughes Hall was founded as a college for female mature students in 1885. It currently has around 690 students of box sexes, of whom 90 are mature undergraduates, and the remainder graduates.The college prides itself on possessing an “egalitarian culture where interaction and engagement between the senior membership and students is open and encouraged”. President of Hughes Hall May Ball Committee Georgia Ziebart said: “The trailer was removed because college thought it was overly sexualised and may reflect badly on them.”While we thought the trailer was sexy and fun, it appears we may have overstepped the mark and therefore agreed to take it down.“We have a meeting with college on Monday in order to resolve the issue, and hope not to aggravate the situation anymore.” The video begins with a barefoot woman in white taking a walk in the woods Hughes Hall Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The risque video of masked men and women in black tie and ball-gowns escaping into woods to kiss and pour champagne into each other’s mouths, culminating in a girl in a white dress taking a bit out of an apple.The move to ban the video comes just a week after Cambridge University admitted it has a “significant problem” with sexual misconduct.Hughes Hall has now been accused of censorship after the video removed from a website for the £96 ticketed party featuring burlesque and pole dancing on June 16. Joe Cook, who produced the trailer, said: “If the College take issue with the video they should be promoting discussion about it, not censoring it and trying to cover it up. Hughes Halllast_img read more