Running a strip show in Warrnambool is bound to cause comment but running it on White Ribbon Day is bound to create controversy.
Your Break in Liebig Street attracted criticism for the All Star Angels show it staged on Friday night involving topless girls, lingerie parades, stage shows and private dances.
Barwon South West Women’s Health and Well Being executive officer Emily Lee-Ack said it was “pretty interesting timing” to stage the show on White Ribbon Day that aimed to prevent violence against women.
The day was the start of a 16-day global activism campaign against domestic violence which included powerful messages displayed on coffee cups throughout Warrnambool.
“Given the huge support for #16DaysCoffeeCups which makes clear the link between sexist attitudes and violence against women, we’d be hoping that people are thinking critically about issues like objectification of women and the way that women are valued in the community,” Ms Lee-Ack said.
Your Break manager Matt Pearson said the timing was “purely coincidental”.
He said part of the proceeds from the show would be donated to Peter’s Project, which drove the campaign for an integrated cancer care centre in the south-west. But Peter’s Project founder Vicki Jellie said the group was not associated with the event.
Mr Pearson said the show did not involve full nudity and did not objectify women.
“That is what they want to do,” he said.
- Editorial: P21