WhyNot’s ‘Chav’ night is elitist
WhyNot’s popular Flare Mondays has a ‘chav’ theme this week.
I’ve come to learn that there are three unavoidable things. Death, taxes and being dragged to WhyNot on a Monday.
Even though it is a mediocre night at best, swarms of resigned students follow their keen promoter friends to George Street’s most famous haunt every Monday night.
I too follow the crowds like a lamb to the slaughter, week in, week out.
But this week, I have reservations about going.
Flare have advertised the return of ‘the legendary Chav Night’.
And £100 is being offered for the best dressed chav.
In other words, the upmarket establishment will be handing out serious bucks to anybody who proletarianises themselves.
I have a problem with this.
There’s no avoiding the fact that the University of Edinburgh is an extraordinarily middle-class university.
StudentBeans has placed it in the top 20 ‘poshest’ universities in the UK.
This event will see largely well-off students, many of whom have had very little contact with those less well-off than them in society, upholding nasty stereotypes about the poor.
One of my friends is planning on bringing a fake baby to mock ‘chavs’ for having high teenage pregnancy rates.
Another is putting scars on their face to paint the picture of a ‘chav’ who got into a fight at the footie.
The term ‘chav’ is derogatory and magnifies the worst qualities of a select group of the working class.
It’s reductive: it demonises the working class into a group of thuggish degenerates.
Encouraging some out-of-touch students to uphold unfair cliches about those less fortunate than themselves is snobby and elitist.
Last week I saw a man turned away at the door by a WhyNot bouncer for being a “thug”.
If WhyNot don’t want to gain a reputation for being a classist and elitist club, they need to get off their high horse and value people as individuals.
Not as units of a homogenous group.
Thinking of going to WhyNot this Monday?
No. Why Would You?