Tequila Night: Is lad culture really a problem?
Date: Saturday 2 May 2015, 3:30pm to 4.30pm
Venue: Black Swan, 37 Call Lane, Leeds, LS1 7BT
Speaker: Dan Clayton, Documentary film-maker
Chair: Jack Simpson, The State of the Arts
As part of the Symposium: Live at Leeds Black Swan fringe event*, Leeds Salon is re-showing the documentary film, Tequila Night, exploring the debate over ‘lad culture’ and free expression in the aftermath of a controversial Tequila club promo video. The video - dubbed a 'rape promo video' in the national media - sparked online outrage in 2013, and led to student protests, a police investigation and council licence hearing, and the eventual closure of the popular Mezz Club.
In the same year as the Tequila Night protests, Leeds University Union, along with other student unions, banned the Robin Thicke song Blurred lines and The Sun from campus as part of a clamp down on lad culture. And last year the NUS even held a conference into the issue, and has begun a national audit into lad culture on campus.
The film explores the arguments behind the protests and the police and council action, as well as the reaction of student club goers. It also raises the questions: Is lad culture really a problem? And what is behind the impulse to ban and censor in contemporary student politics?
The film lasts 30 minutes, and will be followed by a Q&A with the film maker and audience discussion.
NUS launches national audit into lad culture on campuses, NUS, 1 December 2014
Campus nightmare, Guardian, 11 October 2014
The moral McCarthyism of the war on lads, Spiked, 8 October 2014
Universities must unite to beat 'lad culture' sexism, Independent, 15 September 2014
Leeds Mezz Club has licence suspended over 'rape' ads, BBC, 9 December 2013
Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd May
As part of Live at Leeds, the Black Swan brings you a weekend of music, live art, film, and general partying. The event will take place over two floors and include performances from some of the most exciting contemporary British musical and live acts. There will also be great food, yoga and a few surprises.
Both Saturday and Sunday are free to those with Live at Leeds wristbands. For those without, you can buy tickets for just £5 per day via Eventbrite, or Pay-As-You-Feel on the day.
For details, see the Symposium: Live at Leeds fringe event.