A Sarah Harding tribute night in London has been heavily criticised on social media by fans of the Girls Aloud singer.
G-A-Y nightclub, in Soho, has been accused of trying to ‘profit’ from the star’s death by charging fans £3 entry and only donating £1 to charity.
It all started when the owner of the nightclub, Jeremy Joseph, took to Twitter to announce the event.
He wrote: “Saturday 18th September @HeavenLGBTclub, A @macmillancancer fundraiser G-A-Y pays tribute to @SarahNHarding.
“Goal is to raise £5000 celebrating her life with hits of Girls Aloud played with Saturday dance floor fillers.”
The tweet was accompanied by a poster that announced ‘£3 wrist bands,’ with ‘£1 going to Macmillan Cancer‘.
However, it didn’t take long for fans to flood the post with angry comments, calling the owner ‘distasteful’.
One user commented: “As if tagging her wasn’t distasteful enough, you’re only donating £1 per entry and pocketing £3 for yourself?
“You know people will show up to pay tribute to their hero and you’re profiting off that. Extremely opportunistic and distasteful.”
Another added: “I don’t usually jump on bandwagon but this is really bad taste it would only be a tribute if all wristband purchases went to charity, and even then it is still distasteful.”
However, some users defended the venue, noting that staff needs to be paid.
They wrote: “People are forgetting that costs have to be covered, of which door charges goes towards. Staff need paying (and assuming there are a lot of them).”
“Entertainment/costs for the night will need paying. everyone moaning about him donating £5k, when they don’t even donate £5.”
A spokesperson for the venue has now defended their decision to hold the event.
They told the Metro: “The goal is to raise over £5k, £1 of which will be covered by the door donation by customers.
“The capacity of heaven is 1,625, so G-A-Y will be donating £3,375, but possibly more, as no one knows the take from the night as entry alone is over £15,000 a night.”
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