Pleasure Boys XXL responds after Belfast performance outrage: ‘The show is not meant to be seedy’

The venue has come under fire for hosting the show. (Instagram/@ the_devenish/@ukpleasureboys5)

A spokesperson for Pleasure Boys XXL has responded after a Belfast, Northern Ireland performance left some social media users outraged.

Locals were left angered after videos circulated online of the tour at a restaurant complex in Finaghy. The venue, The Devenish Complex, was criticised for hosting the performance at a Valentine’s dinner show which showed nude men dancers and women patrons reportedly mimicking sexual acts in the surfaced clips online. 

The event on 17 February, which cost just £15 a ticket, was advertised as a “Valentine’s Special” in a social media post on their Facebook page. “Guaranteed to be a night filled with exciting thrills! Perfect for a girls night out,” the post read.

However, the reaction that transpired was less than welcoming towards the Finaghy-based venue after hosting the Magic Mike Live-style show.

“Disgraceful. After seeing the videos if that’s the [Devenish, they] have scraped the bottom of the barrel calling it entertainment,” one person responded. 

“Why was this not stopped it is disgusting. The manager should of stopped this,” wrote one concerned social media user. “To bring an act like that to a family venue is a disgrace…”, another echoed.

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Another social media user alleged beneath the social media post that 16-year-old employees were made to work at the 18+ event.  

However, a representative of the show has responded, telling PinkNews that the tour “is not meant to be seedy”.

They said: “We are a fully nude male revue show that tours throughout the UK and Europe. Our show is a combination of dancing, acrobatics, fire and nudity and we perform 100s of these shows every year without many issues.

“Regarding the Northern Ireland show, everything was going to plan with the exception of a few excited ladies who had a few to drink and with the presence of the boys, they got a little bit handsy.

“It’s a shame that the whole event which was very entertaining throughout the night has been portrayed by the few videos that have gone viral for the wrong reasons. The show is not meant to be seedy and I am positive that the guests in attendance would agree with this.”

PinkNews has also contacted a representative of The Devenish for a comment on the matter. 

However, others have sided with the entertainment complex for putting on the show, and have even asked for the tour to make a comeback.

“Ffs I’m only seeing this now!! When’s the next one?”, wrote one person. “When are the lads  back? I’ve a few friends looking to know,” said another.

“Incase [youse] are afraid of missing tickets for next time. This is who they were,” wrote another, tagging their friend in the comments. 

Aside from the recent show, the venue also hosts other events such as comedy shows, ABBA tribute acts and drag shows.

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