In last week’s Felix, an article was published in the
Hangman section which many readers felt incited sexual violence,
trivialised rape and generally contributed to the idea of a rape
culture. I would like to take the opportunity to assure readers
that this was in no way our intention, and we all agree that a
piece of content which does this is wholly unacceptable.
Following complaints addressed personally to me, or otherwise, I
have taken the decision to end the Hangman section for the
foreseeable future. The offending article, quite simply, failed in
its ill-judged attempt at humour and did not warrant publication.
We are now taking the time to carefully consider how any section
designed with the sole intention of being humourous can feature and
simultaneously exist to the same standard as the rest of this
publication. The level of offence that Hangman caused is not
something that should be admired or actively sought after.
This incident has highlighted several major flaws in our quality
control process, for which I take full responsibility. As a result,
I am taking concrete steps to ensure that this does not happen
again. Alongside the removal of the Hangman section, any future
section with the intention of comedy or satire will be held to more
stringent content guidelines and I will ensure that the
consequences of every article we publish are considered fully. I am
also making certain that our writing team is fully educated on and
sensitive to topics that could cause offence if handled
Of course, humour does have a place in Felix, but now is the
time to take a serious step back from the events of last week and
refocus our attention into something that actually deserves a place
in this publication. We need something that sits comfortably
alongside such reasoned debate and content such as that I have had
the privilege of editing, and not something that pushes the
boundaries of offence for the sake of an article that barely
provides a modicum of humour.
I do deeply regret my own personal failure in not having taken
action to prevent this happening in the first place, and I would
like to reassure readers that after this incident the content that
goes into any section will be radically rethought before
Socks with sandals, the only way to go baby.
Are they removing the centrefold too?
No, there was just nobody to do it last week. Centrefolds are still going :)
Oh lads... Lads, lads, lads... You let yourself down. Has a life of reading 4chan and reddit really desensitised you so completely to the idea that words have an effect beyond that which occurs to you? This student paper is not some channel 4 exercise in pushing the boundaries of comedy. This is a student newspaper, whose output should reflect what the student body of imperial college considers acceptable.
What a load of nonsense.
How did anyone miss the obvious irony of the original article? It was clearly a dig at geeky IC males and their inability to get laid - the joke was on them, not girls. It was definitely not intended to promote date rape.
I am a woman and what does "tongue-in-cheek" mean?
If we're making changes, I propose we also alter the slogan to "Keep the Cat Backbone-Free".
This is parody right?
This is cool.
Cutting out Hangman and Centrefold entirely is an extremely ham-fisted approach to making amends/apologising. Sure, why not, let's get rid of them entirely and bow to the media hysteria because we're too damn scared to offend anyone again, even if they have no right to be. This course of action is the easy way out.
If you want Hangman back, all you need to do is create a shitstorm over Twitter, wait for a newspaper to pick up on it and then for a complete u-turn in order to avoid any further criticism.
Would you joke about rape with a rape victim?
Came across a spine stall on a recent trip to Thailand. Had I known that you have lost yours, I would have bought you one.
If you're offended by it then don't bloody read it - leave the fun to everyone else, you humourless Guardian reading sandal wearers.
@irate from tunbridge wells,
I'm more than a little dissapointed that, in a week when Felix is busy apologising for hangman, Imperial College Union submitted the election advert that they did. It was hardly an appropriate way to help the paper look more appropriate under scrutiny, and it simply makes the union itself seem childish - meaning it won't be taken seriously by college (or anyone else for that matter).
Hangman on Sunday?
joseph: No dear. You're wrong. I wasn't referencing that at all.
You realise no one gives a shit about the rest of Felix, right? Who cares what some greasy, hairy physics undergrad thinks about nothing? No one's gonna pick it up now unless they need some cheap bog roll.
What are those words at the top of the page above 'FELIX' again?