Web Crush Wednesdays: Triggering TV

Recently Saika and I started watching Sense8, the Wachowski siblings’ new Netflix offering. I’d been hearing great things about it in the news and on Tumblr—so far I’ve avoided spoilers about its more problematic parts, so please no spoilers—and I was pretty pumped to start it. Within the first few minutes of the first episode, though, I quickly figured out that, like Hannibal, this was not a show that I could go into blindly. I scoured the internet to see if anyone had put up lists of trigger warnings for Sense8, and I was thrilled when I found an entire Tumblr dedicated to helping out TV fans with triggers.

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Triggering TV does exactly what its name implies: it lists TV shows, as well as the odd movie, and spells out the triggers in each one. This is easier said than done, as many TV shows have a million episodes (looking at you, Supernatural), and everyone’s triggers are different. Though it’s a daunting task, the mod is already off to a good start—you can search by trigger tags and by TV show names, and they gladly accept submissions, so definitely head on over and help out if you have a chance!

Trigger warnings have recently been the subject of debate—some saying that our society has grown too politically correct, others saying that consumers these days have grown too sensitive, and still others saying that triggers would spoil everything in a show—but personally, I’ve never seen the point to these arguments. What’s the harm in providing a list of triggers for someone to look at if they want to? If a consumer doesn’t have any triggers, great, they can ignore the list. If someone else, also a consumer, does have triggers, they can read the trigger list and decide for themselves if it’s something they want to watch. This opposition to triggers seems to come from a purposeful lack of empathy for people who have traumatic experiences, mental health issues, or both, and it’s not an attitude we should be upholding.

TV shows and movies often only come with ratings that warn for “violent language” or “nudity”; nothing that really tells the consumer what they’re getting into, and thus, nothing helpful. “Nudity”, after all, could mean anything from casual objectification to consensual sex to rape. That’s why Triggering TV is the start of something cool. It explicitly lists out certain things that many people are triggered by, so that you’ll be fairly forewarned. There are some spoilers on the site, as is often the case with trigger warnings, so browse with caution if spoilers are something you dislike.

You can check out the site here on Tumblr! And while you’re at it, check out all these other sites springing up to deal with triggers as well.


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1 thought on “Web Crush Wednesdays: Triggering TV

  1. I’m not opposed to Trigger Warnings. It’s no different for me than language or nudity warnings. I don’t even have triggers but there are some things I absolutely will not tolerate reading or watching, though. For example, rape (GoT) or children killing each other (The Hunger Games), while not triggering for me, it is intolerable.

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