Pub slammed over permission slips for men to ask wives if they can watch rugby

A pub has been accused of sexism after handing out permission slips for blokes to ask for permission from their girlfriends and wives to go and watch the rugby with "the lads".

The Town Square Belfast pub shared their 'joke slips' on Instagram, showing a form addressed to 'girlfriends, wives, and fiancees' ahead of the Six Nations rugby games which begin on February 5.

The tongue-in-cheek form, dated January 24, reads as follows: "Dear Girlfriend/Fiance/Wife, Your Boyfriend/Fiance/Husband has been invited to watch the rugby with the lads at Town Square Belfast on the following dates… These outings obviously require your permission. Kind regards, The Lads".

But the post lead to a strong backlash from many social media users who weren't impressed with the pub and accused the owners of "alienating and disparaging half the population" is an example of everyday sexism.

Kat Freeman, 25, was among those disparaging the post, which she described as "cringe" and branding the poster's sense of humour as sad.

The Belfast-based software engineer said: "I mean this 50s 'My wife doesn't let me do XYZ' thing is so outdated. It's so apparent to everyone else with a brain in this day and age that women are disadvantaged in society, that to frame men as being victims under their own partners is so tone-deaf and embarrassing".

Other Twitter users were in agreement, with one person describing the post as having "more cheese than Dairylea".

Another vowed that they "could never be friends with anyone who finds this one bit funny".

The offending post was swiftly taken down and replaced with a modified form in which gender references were changed around so as to better incorporate women.

However, that seemed to stir the pot even more as the image included hashtags such as #notjustformen #politicalcorrectness #girlslikerugbytoo in the description.

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The attempt to backtrack also sparked some criticism and was swiftly removed.

Kat said: "When I saw they deleted and reposted it to be 'gender neutral' but still had to get a dig in with further sexist 'snowflake' hashtags, before then deleting it entirely, I really had to laugh.

"Absolutely embarrassing to think that joke was ever worth fixing and reposting, to be honest".

She added that it would have been better for the bar to just "apologise and don't try to pretend it didn't happen after you didn't get enough backup from the anti-political-correctness defenders".

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Another user took issue with the new 'inclusive post', tweeting: "What angers me more is that they changed it to include 'girls' and included a '#politicalcorrectness' so not changed due to tired, crappy stereotypes and acknowledgement of this but because of PC pressure".

However, others were quick to defend the pub, with one writing: "Awk f**k up would yas!! Offended by everything these days!!"

Another commented: "What is funny to someone, isn't to others, very simple".

A Town Square Belfast spokesperson has since made the following comment: "We don't usually mind ruffling a few feathers with our social media, but in this instance, we're genuinely sorry for any offence caused. The post was removed shortly after it was published".

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