Star Whores: The gay club show raising eyebrows
DARWIN's gay nightclub, Throb, has come under fire from the Top End's sex workers for its controversial new show.
The club, which is famous for drag queen performances, is advertising a new show: Star Whores with appearances from 'Luke Street Walker', 'Jabba The Slut' and 'Princess Layher'.
Some of the Top End's sex workers have responded to it with disgust, saying it "disrespects" their line of work.
Sex worker Ryan Cole posted her disappointment to Throb's Facebook page.
"You can't expect to make stigmatising posters appropriating parts of our lives you find funny or entertaining, use slurs and encourage people to dehumanise us, and think that people won't be upset," she posed to Throb's page.
"The problem is not that people are choosing to be offended, the problem is that it IS offensive.
"I am a lesbian and a sex worker and I can't split myself up into parts and just attend as a lesbian but not a sex worker."
Others equated the show's inappropriateness to "a group of sex workers having a 'fag/poofta night' or similar".
Catherine Gray, a BBW fetish escort, was unimpressed.
"I've been going to Throb for over 12 years now, but as a queer sex worker I definitely no longer feel safe," she wrote.
"The disrespect shown to sex workers is deplorable and inexcusable - both because of their chosen branding containing slurs/stigmatising language (whore, ho, streetwalker), and because of the performers actively trawling comment sections to fight with sex workers who are rightfully upset about this marketing decision.
"Whore belongs to us, get your own word."
Amelie La Roux also posted to the club's page.
"Hey Throb, just because you're a gay club doesn't mean you get to use disgusting and problematic slurs in your marketing in an attempt to be 'edgy'," she wrote.
Performer Kearan Marsh responded with comments including: "You're coming to an adult venue. Be an adult and grow up", and "If you're offended, don't see it, don't comment on it and go about your merry life".
The responses have since been deleted.
Throb did not respond to interview requests by deadline.