A CHESTER nightclub is at the centre of controversy after a member of staff put a cartoon picture on social media which has been seen as “normalising rape”.
The picture, which the Leader has chosen not to reprint, could briefly be seen by followers of the nightclub’s Twitter account and shows a cartoon woman asleep with a caption seeming to suggest it is acceptable to sexually assault her.
Social media users have slammed Rosies Nightclub on Northgate Street, which was also embroiled in controversy last year when it awarded two University of Chester students the best costume prize at its Halloween party last year after dressing as the Twin Towers destroyed in the 9/11 terror attacks.
Allie Dickinson wrote: “That tweet is sickening. It normalises rape on social media to get the punters in.”
Mark Livesey also complained about the “normalising of rape”, adding: “If they thought it was a joke, then fine, but apologise and educate their staff.
“They have teenagers going there, they need to protect them.”
Helen Wardman, counselling and services manager at the Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre – Cheshire and Merseyside, said: “It is highly offensive and irresponsible for this club to allow a staff member to post such a derogatory portrayal of women, and to remove responsibility for sexual violence from the perpetrator to the victim.”
Rosies has apologised and said it has undertaken staff training since the incident.
“We apologise to our customers for the inappropriate tweet that was forwarded from our account to our followers. It was re-tweeted by a junior member of staff and was removed within three minutes on the instruction of the bar’s general manager,” said a spokesman.
“All members of staff have since been reminded of the company’s policy on social media and all those with access to Rosies’ Twitter feed have signed a social media policy agreement agreeing they will not post any comments or imagery that may be deemed inappropriate or offensive to ensure this doesn’t happen again.”