Pub is slammed for ‘sexist’ permission slips asking women to let their boyfriends, fiancés and husbands out to watch the Six Nations with the boys
- Town Square Belfast pub has gone under fire for the ‘sexist’ permission slips
- Slips asked ‘girlfriends, wives and fiancées’ to let partners watch rugby with lads
- Were blasted as people on Twitter said the slips are example of everyday sexism
A pub apologised after being branded ‘sexist’ for issuing permission slips for ‘girlfriends, wives and fiancées’ to sign off their blokes to go watch the rugby.
Town Square Belfast shared the cheeky form on Instagram, in which women are requested to give their husbands or boyfriends written permission to watch the Six Nations games ‘with the lads’.
But the tongue-in-cheek post didn’t go down well with some social media users, who took to Twitter to blast it for ‘alienating and disparaging half the population’, as many deemed it an example of ‘everyday sexism’.
However some users sought to defend the joke by claiming some people will be ‘offended by everything these days’, and pointing out not everyone finds the same things funny.
The Town Square Belfast pub in Northern Ireland has come under fire for asking women to sign permission slips for their ‘boyfriends, fiancés, husband’ to come watch the Six Nations rugby championship with ‘the lads’. Some said the move is an example of ‘everyday sexism’
The pub, pictured, has apologised for the move and issued a new permission slip to include women
The ‘permission slip’ reads: ‘Dear Girlfriend/Fiancé/Wife, Your Boyfriend/Fiancé/Husband has been invited to watch the rugby with the lads at Town Square Belfast on the following dates,’ before listing the five possible dates.
‘These outings obviously require your permission. Kind regards, The Lads.’
After receiving a backlash, the bar took the image down, before reuploading a modified permission slip in which the gender terms were changed in a bid to incorporate women.
The remodified image had #notjustformen #politicalcorrectness #girlslikerugbytoo written in the description, but it was taken down shortly after.
Town Square’s permission slips stunt did not land well with punters, especially women, who said the slips are ‘alienating’
A spokesperson for Town Square Belfast said: ‘We don’t usually mind ruffling a few feathers with our social media, but in this instance, we’re genuinely sorry for any offence caused. The post was removed shortly after it was published.’
Over on Twitter, the original permission slip – addressed to ‘Girlfriend/Fiance/Wife’ – was being slammed as ‘cringe’ and an example of ‘Everyday Sexism’.
Kat Freeman was one user who disagreed with the messaging and tweeted: ‘You know what’s such a good business decision by Town Square? Alienating and disparaging literally half the population!’
Some women said they couldn’t be friends with anyone who would found the slips funny, and others vowed to boycott the pub
Kat, from Belfast, said: ‘Mostly it was just cringe to be honest, it’s kind of sad that they thought this is what peak humour looks like.
‘When I saw they deleted and reposted it to be ‘gender neutral’ but still had to get a dig in with further sexist ‘snowflake’ hashtags, before then deleting it entirely, I really had to laugh.
‘Absolutely embarrassing to think that joke was ever worth fixing and reposting to be honest.
‘I mean this 50s ‘My wife doesn’t let me do XYZ’ thing is so outdated.
‘It’s so apparent to everyone else with a brain in this day and age that women are disadvantaged in society, that to frame men as being victims under their own partners is so tone deaf and embarrassing.’
One woman said the permission slips are the ‘alienating’ while others simply said the slips are ‘cringe’
The 25-year-old software engineer isn’t surprised that the post has generated a backlash online.
Kat said: ‘I think it’s made such a response because it’s rare to see a business making such a stupid, thoughtless post, and even rarer to see them back it up when called out on it.
‘Like this is your business dude not your personal page, if customers are calling you out, probably best to just delete it and retreat to the shadows with your tail between your legs, or better yet, apologise and don’t try to pretend it didn’t happen after you didn’t get enough backup from the anti-political-correctness defenders.’
While some said the slips are an example of everyday sexism, other said it was a matter of humour
Other Twitter users shared Kat’s feelings on the post.
One user tweeted: “‘his has made me question my homosexuality. #Dull #Banal #EverydaySexism.’
A fellow tweeter remarked: “F****** hell. More cheese than Dairylea,’ whilst another wrote: ‘I could never be friends with anyone who finds this one bit funny.’
Another user tweeted: ‘Jesus, how are those still a thing? They weren’t particularly funny even in the 90s.’
The permission slip was tweaked by Town Square to make room for female partners to come watch the Six Nations
Another wrote: ‘Christ the night. There’s another Belfast business to add to the boycott list,’ whilst a different user wrote: ‘GOOD F******* GOD I CAN’T TAKE ANY MORE OF THIS S***.’
A fellow Twitter user said: ‘I love the Six Nations but this makes me want to barf.’
There were a few Twitter users who saw the humour in Town Square’s post.
One Twitter user wrote: ‘Awk f*** up would yas!! Offended by everything these days!!’
Another user said: ‘What is funny to someone, isn’t to others, very simple.’
Even after the pub changed their prank to be more inclusive, some social media users remained furious.
One user said: ‘What angers me more is that they changed it to include ‘girls’ and included a ‘#politicalcorrectness’ so not changed due to tired, crappy stereotypes and acknowledgment of this but because of PC pressure.’
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