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Angie Kent says she supports having safety officers in nightclubs – but banning staring ‘without consent’ is going too far: I stare at beautiful people too if I’ve had a few drinks’

Angie Kent thinks that banning staring in nightclubs is going too far.

The reality star was reacting to the recent news that a Sydney club has banned staring without prior ‘verbal consent’.

However, the 32-year-old said that she fully supports ‘safety officers’ in clubs.

Angie Kent (pictured) thinks that banning staring in nightclubs is going too far. The reality star responded to the recent news that a Sydney club has banned staring without prior 'verbal consent'

Angie Kent (pictured) thinks that banning staring in nightclubs is going too far. The reality star responded to the recent news that a Sydney club has banned staring without prior ‘verbal consent’

‘I think it’s a great idea to have a safety officer,’ she told co-host Yvie Jones during the latest episode of their podcast, Two Girls One Pod

‘Uh… I don’t know about the staring thing,’ she added. ‘I stare at really beautiful people too if I’ve had a few drinks.’

Despite seeming to be against the policy, Angie said that it would be appropriate for a safety officer to step in if somebody is staring to the point of ‘lurking’. 

Long-established venue Club 77 in the heart of Sydney‘s Darlinghurst party strip has overhauled its safety and harassment policy to make the venue a ‘safe space’ that promotes a strong culture of consent amid a crackdown against harassment.

'I think it's a great idea to have a safety officer,' she told co-host Yvie Jones during the latest episode of their podcast, Two Girls One Pod

‘I think it’s a great idea to have a safety officer,’ she told co-host Yvie Jones during the latest episode of their podcast, Two Girls One Pod 

The venue stresses interaction with strangers is encouraged but says engagement must now start with prior verbal consent or will otherwise be considered as harassment and will result in being evicted from the club.

The rules also apply when staring at a stranger from afar and not respecting the personal space of DJs.

Safety officers donning pink fluoro vests will roam the venue to deal with such complaints from anyone feeling ‘uncomfortable’ or receiving unwanted attention. 

Interaction with others at Club 77 must now start with prior verbal consent (pictured revellers at the iconic Sydney venue)

Interaction with others at Club 77 must now start with prior verbal consent (pictured revellers at the iconic Sydney venue)

‘​If we receive reports of any behaviour that has made someone feel uncomfortable, the reported individual will be removed from the venue and the police will be called,’ the rules stipulate.

‘We adopt a policy of ‘always believe the report’ in cases of harassment and feeling unsafe.’ 

‘We do this to make everyone feel safe and to ensure our patrons are comfortable approaching staff if anything has made them uncomfortable or feel unsafe.’

Once a favoured haunt for Sydney’s goth scene, Club 77 now attracts a dance music crowd.

The venue, which recently celebrated its 25th birthday is ‘busier than ever’ after trading hours were extended until 4am seven days a week.

Staring at a stranger from across the dancefloor or bar without prior consent is now banned at Club 77 (pictured) as part its strict new rules

Staring at a stranger from across the dancefloor or bar without prior consent is now banned at Club 77 (pictured) as part its strict new rules

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Originally posted 2022-09-01 05:41:06.