The Burlesque Herald investigates a BDSM and its attitude towards the LGBT community in Brighton.

When you think of Brighton it gives the impression of Liberation, Understanding and Tolerance for all. Coupled with a vibrant liberal nightlife, Brighton sets the scene of a fun city free from prejudice. So a BDSM event should fit comfortably in Brighton ? The Burlesque Herald investigates further.

The Burlesque Herald after scanning the review pages of Facebook found one BDSM club going by the name of FILTH was not acting within the traditional liberal attitudes towards associated with Brighton’s diverse communities. The Burlesque Herald observed Filth was using Miss Overdose’s (Burlesque performer/Model Miss Overdose) artwork as promotion(Filth Event page Facebook).Whether or not FILTH had permission to use the images remains unclear. The Herald’s attention was drawn to the damming review page of FILTH (Filth Facebook Page) 

The FILTH BDSM Club is hosted by the venue Subline which describes itself on its website as Brighton’s member only Cruise bar. Subline hosts nights such as ‘Cum in your pants‘ and ‘The Big Scrum.’ Subline is situated in the diverse district of Kemptown, Brighton. 

The FILTH promotion that operates at Subline is hosted by Kitten Skye real name Skye De La Mare of The Dungeon Bar, now closed Dungeon Bar LTD. . The FILTH club night takes place once a month and ticket prices range from £15 to £25 per person. With Shock Horror sold out most likely with 120 people attending (Brighton Licensing conditions) and with an average ticket price of £20, making Filth a nice touch of £2400 take for one night. 

A theme is normally set to give guests an idea on how to dress for the occasion. The Herald discovered a series of poor reviews surrounding the FILTH event which involved a guest wearing an S.S. Nazi uniform and an inappropriate image involving Miss Overdose following a suicide in Brighton’s TRANS community.

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It would seem from the Facebook reviews FILTH Management failed to answer any of the complaining guest’s reviews. Evidently, the dress code was misleading and offensive allowing one guest to wear an SS uniform on a school dress themed night. The review page on the whole shows a 5 star rating, but complaints and poor reviews had been made. The evidence of cyberbullying and transphobia was compelling. Administrators fell short of dealing with issues raised correctly and showed no professionalism.  

Readers will have empathy and understand that any association with SS atrocities during World War 2. It also has to be stated that although they committed genocide against Jews, the SS were also anti LGBT, Disabled, POC and Queer. Brighton is a diverse city where members of those communities come to live and work in Brighton. To allow a guest to a school themed BDSM event in an SS uniform seems in was received negatively The Herald can report.  

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The Herald inserted an undercover journalist at the venue when the FILTH event was taking place on the night of the 15th of September 2017. The dress theme was ‘Back to school’. Filth facebook Page.

“…hygiene was poor after guests were using the bed for sex.  “

Although We do not and would not publish pictures of guest’s antics, it was observed by our undercover Journalist that BDSM play equipment was present and a Round Red Bed. There were some guests being spanked on the play equipment and having  group sex on the Round Red Bed.

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The Burlesque Herald seems to recall Brighton’s infamous Round Red Bed making several guest appearances around the city amongst other events over the years, clocking up more mileage than the Yellow bus. The Herald Journalist team made observations in the street of passenger numbers riding on the Yellow Bus and concluded more people were riding the Big round Red Bed at any given time.

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Our undercover journalist observed that hygiene was poor after guests were using the bed for sex. The Herald believes this fits in with Filth’s ethos ‘The wet panty teen dream of Kitten Skye (of Dungeon Bar infamy) who longed for something darker, more raw…filthier. We hope to send you on a sensation overdrive each and every time you come to our night’ http://filthbrighton.co.uk/  . Filthier for sure !

The Herald also learned from the Facebook event page for October’s event page ‘Join Kitten Skye and her filthy friends this HALLOWEEN as we SHOCK AND HORROR with our outfits, our behaviour and our play’ That certainly was the case when they stipulated a school dress night and the S.S. were in attendance. However, the event page does go on to say ‘Please respect Filth’s Fetish dress code, IF you want to dress to theme that’s great but your outfit still must have a Fetish edge to it, kink it up with collars, cuffs, corsets, lingerie, latex, pvc and more (maybe the S.S. guest opted for the ‘more’ clause ?) . Get creative, if you can’t then stick to normal Fetish wear please. We reserve the right to not allow entry to anyone not looking the part’ (It would be interesting to find out how many guests are in fact turned away ?). Perhaps a mention of whether offensive wear is permissible or not should be entered into the current ‘clear as mud’ dress code ? Arguably, its Filth Management who should get creative over their dress code, but that may prove difficult when you have sold £4000 worth of tickets ! Filth facebook Page.

Filth Management entered the following dress code clause for the Shock Horror event to cover the arrival of more S.S. Nazis or even the Ku Klux Klan  ‘We also warn all our guests that we allow full freedom of expression of peoples kinks no matter how Taboo they are and you are asked to come with the attitude of ‘Your Kink Is Not My Kink But That’s Ok’  Filth Facebook page . Interestingly, Filth Management did not allow the same Freedom of Expression on their review page from clearly shocked and horrified guests when giving their feedback, which was subsequently removed but that’s ok. 

Readers will also note the amount of activities available to guests, but all in all Kinksters go to pursue the natural drug known as Subspace. There are some whom might suggest (although  We will be waiting a long time for the Jury’s verdict) that the natural drug may be addictive.
http://www.satinandlace.seekers.org.uk/subspace.htm According to The Herald’s undercover journalist there is not enough play equipment to go round and keep the kinky guests in Subspace. The after care area is also lacking.

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It also is apparent to The Burlesque Herald that Filth Management ignored requests by guests for using Miss Overdose’s images for the forth coming Halloween event billed as ‘Shock Horror’ Facebook Filth Page.. Guests canvassed FILTH Management about using the image as three members of the TRANS community had committed suicide recently in Brighton. There was genuine concern in the reviews about the safety of the LGBT TRANS community attending such an event and even working at the venue. Filth Management’s reaction was of course dealt with in the usual way, remove the review once and then remove some more. However, does it not say on the Filth event page ‘Any questions don’t be afraid to ask…we’re big on consent and only bite when you beg’ ? Filth Facebook . Maybe Filth bit off more than they could chew concerning  some of the reviews.

According to PACE, nearly half of Transgender people have taken their lives. https://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/nov/19/young-transgender-suicide-attempts-survey

“All publicity is good publicity and I hear they covered up offending swastikas.”

When the review was posted Pasha De La Mare was not only insensitive, but was also abusive on the review thread. The evidence is clear that FILTH’s Management do not wish to address, resolve or take responsibility. The Burlesque Herald found this statement on Pasha De La Mare’s website Pasha Du Valentine  ‘There was a furore last night over one of the Filth guests wearing an S.S. uniform and no it was not me. All publicity is good publicity and I hear they covered up offending swastikas.’

Well it would seem that it was not just the Swastikas that was covered up, it was several one star reviews made the FILTH facebook review page Facebook FILTH Page. The review has since been removed by the administrators twice.  The original post made was a comprehensive five point complaint with one hundred and twenty eight comments, which involved transphobia and cyber-bullying as a result of the review. And has still not been dealt with. But is it not the case that all publicity is good publicity ? 

The whole affair has not damaged Filth’s customer base currently. Shock Horror sold out three weeks ago ! However, these incidents may prove damaging in the long term  as news spreads in Brighton very quickly around its diverse communities. The real question now falls in the court of the communities in Brighton and what action they will take. They are certainly not to be under estimated in their ability to collectively organise and take their very own peaceful, yet effective action. 

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The Burlesque Herald contacted both FILTH and Subline for comment and both declined to comment.

 

 

 

 

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