A video of a well-known Maltese stripper getting pelted with several eggs at a bachelor party went viral over WhatsApp channels this weekend but one of the organisers said she had given her explicit consent to the act.
In the undated video, a group of men, including a child, can be seen pelting eggs at the stripper and a man, believed to be the groom. The stripper, who is wearing a bikini and facing a wall, can be heard swearing at the men and calling them bastards and savages.
However, one of the party organisers was quoted by The Times of Malta as insisting the stripper had given her explicit consent prior to the pelting.
“It was all paid for, with her full consent and without forcing [her],” he wrote, adding the organisers had given her food and drink and paid for her taxi home after the party.
Lovin Malta has asked the police whether it is investigating the video.
Women’s Rights Foundation chairperson Lara Dimitrijevic told The Times that the issue wasn’t only whether the stripper had given her consent or not but that the men at the party felt privileged and entitled to humiliate her simply because they had paid for her.
“They own her and they can do as they please with her. For the time they bought her she is their ‘property’,” she said. “There can never be consent to dehumanising a person and degrading their dignity if a monetary transaction took place.