An alternative dating night has been cancelled by organisers at The Old Angel pub, in Hockley. The ‘Bag a Slag’ event nearly lost the pub its licence after Nottingham City Council intervened.
The controversial event, called ‘Bag a Slag’ by the organisers, was due to go ahead at the Old Angel Pub in Hockley on Valentine’s Day but came under criticism from some who believe that using the word ‘slag’ is offensive.
“There are people who find the word slag offensive, but I would say it’s empowering. I would call myself a feminist and believe that people need to take things a bit less seriously”. Lydia Hunt
A member of Nottingham City Council’s licensing office is thought to have visited the pub yesterday afternoon after receiving 5 complaints from members of the public offended by the name of the event.
A spokesman from the council said the event could bring the city into ‘disrepute’.
After being told the pub could lose its license due to its use of ‘inappropriate promotions’ the pub has now chosen to cancel the event.
The dating night was being organised by the pub’s bar maid, 21-year-old, Lydia Hunt who said: “There are people who find the word slag offensive, but I would say it’s empowering. I would call myself a feminist and believe that people need to take things a bit less seriously”.
But some member of the public believe that the word slag shouldn’t be used in this way. Lydia Sawyer is from Nottingham Trent Universities’ feminist club and believes the name of the event was in bad taste.