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Anger at 'Carnage' pub crawl planned for Liverpool

There has been an angry reaction in Liverpool to a planned student night in the city.

Leisure company Carnage UK will be hosting a bar crawl on Sunday night called ''Pimps and Hoes.''

Local businesses are being asked to distance themselves from the event, which is being heavily criticised for causing anti-social behaviour and encouraging binge drinking.

Female Labour councillors on Liverpool City Council are also angry that even the title of the event, they say, promotes sexism and the exploitation of women.

Councillor Rachael O'Byrne commented: "We are proud that Liverpool has been awarded Purple Flag status - an award which recognises a safe, clean and well-managed city centre. Indeed, we have one of the safest city centres in the country. Events such as Carnage UK, that go against these principles, are not welcome in our city.

Councillor Rachael O'Byrne, Liverpool City Council Credit: ITV Granada

The theme is blatant in its sexism and perpetuates the objectification and exploitation of women.

– Councillor Rachael O'Byrne, Liverpool City Council

"In this instance 'Pimps and Hoes' seems neither ethically nor socially cohesive.

"The NUS commissioned a piece of research of female students experience of violence, it found that 1 in 7 students have been a victim of sexual assault or violence. are disgusted that Carnage UK will be hosting a night in Liverpool that trivialises the issues of violence against women.

"Themes such as 'Pimps and Hoes' sexualise women's inequality and creates a climate where rape culture is trivialised and indeed actively contributes to upholding it. As a city we have a responsibility to tackle, not celebrate, a culture which enables sexual violence against women.

"This is not something we believe that the night time economy should celebrate in our city. We are united against Carnage UK and hope you will be too."

Varsity Leisure Group, the owner of the Carnage UK brand, said: ''VLG is disappointed that Councillor Rachael O'Byrne has spoken out against VLG in such strong terms without first raising her concerns with us. She has never contacted us before.

We utterly refute that our proposed event in any way trivialises "the issues of violence against women."

– VLG spokesperson

Similarly, we utterly refute that our proposed event in any way "sexualises women's inequality and creates a climate where rape culture is trivialised and indeed actively contributes to upholding it" and that it "glorifies the severe consequences of some of those involved in prostitution and sex trafficking."

Councillors oppose Carnage UK events Credit: Press Association

If Councillor Rachael O'Byrne had taken the time to contact us before jumping on the band wagon of some of the tittle tattle reporting in a small number of newspapers, we would have been happy to alleviate any concerns which she may have had.

The fancy dress themes for our events are chosen by the students and not by us. The selection process is conducted via social media polls in June and July of each year. This year, students across the UK, which includes the students in Liverpool, have chosen "Pimps and Hoes" as the fancy dress theme for their first event and "Beauty and The Geek" as the fancy dress theme for their second event.

VLG welcomes more than 250,000 students each year at its events nationally. In Liverpool, these events have taken place in the City since September 2003. This is the 6th time (in the last circa 10 years) that the "Pimps & Hoes" fancy dress theme has been selected by the students in Liverpool for the event.''