Splendour suggests Wicked Campers boycott

18th April 2016 10:45 AM
Wicked Campers. Photo: Contributed. Splendour in the Grass organisers are suggesting festival goers boycott Wicked Campers Contributed

SPLENDOUR in the Grass organisers are suggesting festival goers boycott Wicked Campers due to the sexually explicit slogans on the vehicles.

This comes after Byron Bay grandfather Paul McCarthy spray painted over a slogan he found offensive on a Wicked vehicle at Byron Bay last month.

Mr McCarthy objected to the slogan "a bl#w job a day beats an apple" - and it seems he's hit the nerve of Splendour in the Grass organisers when it comes to information about camping on the festival website.

Mr McCarthy took the issue to Byron councils last meeting, but the council has admitted they are powerless to act against Wicked Campers.

Council resolved to write to Wicked Campers management about the slogans, which many locals and tourists find demeaning to women, sexist, and misogynistic.

Splendour in the Grass posted the recommendation on their website.

"And if you're booking a campervan, please steer clear of sexist slogans!," the festival posted.

"You know who you are.

"It's 2016.

"Get with the program.

The Boycott Wicked Campers Facebook page then reacted and thanked the Splendour in the Grass administrators for their response.

"You're awesome and to Splendour for the mention, it's fantastic," the Boycott page posted.

Splendour in the Grass organisers reacted to the controversy by posting this on the official festival website.

"Onsite camping is available for up to 5 nights - with early entry into the campgrounds available from Wednesday July 20 - so bunk in for an easy and affordable way to experience Splendour. Feel like treating yourself," the festival website states.

"Travel light and book yourself into Tepee Love, Flash Camp and Tent City or grab your gear from Byron Bay Camping Hire.

"Kids in tow?

"The Meadow, our family friendly campground will also return in 2016."

For more information visit https://splendourinthegrass.com