(Update: They’ve canceled the competition and apologised)
What an own goal from Trinity Ents.
This evening they started an online competition for two tickets to see American RnB artist Chris Brown, a violent, unrepentant misogynist who physically assaulted his then girlfriend Rihanna in February 2009.
When Dublin group The Original Rudeboys were asked to support him, they declined citing Brown’s assault on Rihanna as the reason. They were commended for taking such a stand.
Band member Sean Walsh explained:
Even though it’s a huge opportunity to play in the O2 with a major hip hop star and a substantial fee was offered, we are completely against Chris Brown’s assault on Rihanna. In addition, with our latest single ‘Blue Eyes’ being about domestic violence it goes against everything we are about as a band and supporting Chris Brown would send out the wrong message to our fans.
All the bad publicity didn’t stop Trinity Ents launching the ticket competition today.
It was an especially bad move on their part seeing as only last month the DU Gender Equality Society, the Equality Office, the Students’ Union and the Graduate Students’ Union launched it’s anti-Sexual Assault campaign, “Don’t Be That Guy“.
The response for the competition was about 70% people conveying disappointment with TCD Ent’s and about 30% of people looking for tickets.
Here are some of the opposing voices. They have since deleted the photo and thread.