Please cancel Dapper Laughs at all AMG venues.
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Dapper Laughs: Can I smell your fanny?
Random woman on the street: No.
Dapper laughs: Well it must be your feet then. Ha, ha, ha.
About an audience member who heckles him: “She’s gagging for a rape. Yep, we’ll have a chat afterwards. She’s having a chat about ‘yeah, I get quite tight but I get a bit…’ poor girl. Do you want to come backstage after? Bring two of your mates, you’ll need them.”
It’s fairly obvious why these “jokes” are inappropriate. Dapper Laughs approaches women in the street, making sexist comments at them all in the name of “comedy”. In the videos he posts the women often smile back, most probably because they are embarrassed, afraid he might continue making such remarks and/or don’t know how to react. What we don’t ever see is the instances in which women clearly feel violated and intimidated by his behaviour. Given the video of a woman being catcalled whilst walking the streets of New York, which recently went viral, and the fact that many more people are now becoming aware of such widespread misogyny and are trying to fight it, people such as Dapper Laughs only undermine these efforts.
Dapper Laughs’s “humour” is all about harassing and degrading women, as well as dehumanising the homeless and occasional racism. By hosting Dapper Laughs and promoting his shows, Academy Music Group (O2 Academy) is endorsing misogyny and promoting rape culture. Considering the vast majority of sexual violence is committed by men against women and that 1 in 6 women will be sexually assaulted in their lifetimes, as well as normalising this sort of behaviour and making it seem acceptable, promoting Dapper Laughs is an insult to all victims.
If the AMG is committed to playing its role in promoting women’s rights and ending rape culture, it will do the right thing and refuse to host Dapper Laughs. This is especially important when you consider that many AMG venues host club nights in which men will often have a lot to drink - which is not the cause - but can certainly exacerbate predatory behaviour such as inappropriate comments at the bottom end of the scale, and spiked drinks and date rape at the top. As licensed venues, AMG has a responsibility to do what is in its power to curb rape culture.
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