Train Wreck: Shelley Lubben at the Cambridge Union Debate

Watch Shelley Lubben crash and burn at the February 17, 2011 Cambridge Union debate on pornography. Absolutely jaw-dropping



A crestfallen Shelley Lubben leaves the podium as an angry Gail Dines glares at the pro-pronography debaters.
A crestfallen Shelley Lubben leaves the podium as an angry Gail Dines glares at the pro-pronography debaters.



From the local news coverage of this debate:
When Ms Lubben took to the floor, arguably the headline act, her passion and anger hid her argument. The audience did not react well to this.
Resting on the lectern, her high-heeled shoe subconsciously beating on the floor, her impassioned attack on the porn industry strayed from the academic debate.
“There is nothing funny or glamorous about this industry," she said. "Pornography doesn’t do a good public service because it is lying to you. I have the evidence. It’s lying to you. It’s modern day slavery."


And with that, the Cambridge students voted for porn.

An official Pink Cross statement on the debacle illustrated that Lubben had learned nothing from the experience:
Cambridge University made their choice for porn over Jesus Christ. There was a time when that would have been unthinkable or shocking, but those of us who have been personally effected [sic] by the pornification of society know its lies are seductive and we are no longer shocked. Instead, we are anguished and we are grieving. Another shining city on a hill has been swept over by the tidal wave of pornography.

A full examination of the Cambridge Union debate, including interviews and commentary from debaters and audience members, will be included in a forthcoming episode of The Devil and Shelley Lubben.