Dapper’s not having the last laugh

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A petition was created last night to ban Daniel O’Reilly, better known as Dapper Laughs, from making an appearance at a Kirkcaldy nightclub.

The controversial comedian who bases his humour on misogyny and ‘lad’ attitudes toward women is due to appear at Kitty’s, Kirkcaldy on 6th December.

The second series of Dapper Laughs’ ITV show has been cancelled in response to over 30,000 people signing a petition to get him taken off air.

The petition to ban him from the nightclub, which was put up at 7pm last night, gathered over 100 signatures in less than three hours. These were mainly from young people in the local area who are backing the ban.

Adrianne Burton, from Kirkcaldy, is responsible for creating the petition and the vast social media discussion surrounding the issue.

The 22-year old Journalism student said: “I’ve never watched Dapper Laughs’ show but I became aware of him when the reports were circulating about sexism in his programme.”

Adrianne also said: “I felt that to give someone like this a platform to promote his views to a young audience would be in bad taste and grossly irresponsible of the event organisers. The petition began as a way to try and counteract that.”

The event organisers, Kitty’s, were contacted for comment but were not available.

Roz Hardie, Chief Executive of feminist charity, Object, said: “It’s brilliant that people are taking the initiative to start petitions, we’re delighted. But the issue is much broader than just this one man.”

She added: “Young women’s potential is being stifled by ‘lad culture’.”

The ‘real life’ Dapper Laughs, Julian Blanc, is another misogynist causing controversy. Roz Hardie said: “There is no grey area, he advocates harassment, and strangulation, which is one of the deadliest forms of domestic abuse.”

Research from Scottish Women’s Aid reports that every 13 minutes a Scottish woman experiences violence.

You can sign the petition here: https://www.change.org/p/kittys-kandy-stop-dapper-laughs-from-appearing-at-kittys-kandy

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