Student T-shirts cause outrage in Sheffield

Students in Sheffield, South Yorkshire have caused an outrage after they went on a pub crawl sporting incredibly offensive t-shirts. The t-shirts bore messages such as “I Touch Kids” and “Maddie is in my cupboard – a sick reference to missing child Madeline McCann – along with several other messages seemingly condoning rape, such as “Consent is a myth” and “She CAN be asking for it”.

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The teenagers donning the offensive shirts were from Sheffield University and Sheffield Hallam in South Yorkshire, and they were part of an organized fresher pub-crawl that was supposed to be a fun social event.

Not a Planned Project

Although those who organized the North vs Midlands vs South Freshers Bar Crawl supplied the shirts, they were not responsible for the disgusting messages that were emblazoned on them. The writing was added by the students after they had received their shirts and seemingly egged each other on to write slogans that were increasingly offensive.

Although rude slogans are not unusual, these seemed to be purposefully disrespectful and designed to provoke a reaction. This was exactly what happened, with a group of five men and one woman refused drinks at a bar and fellow students eventually asking bouncers to eject those who were wearing the disgraceful shirts.

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Sadly, this didn’t deter the group, who were later spotted wearing the same shirts and drinking at another Soho pub, apparently not concerned about their ejection or their peers’ disgust.

An Unacceptable Message

Unlike the classic, tasteful Men’s Farah Shirts available at, the shirts the students wore had been defaced with shocking messages. What is more upsetting is that the students seemed to think it was funny, despite everyone looking at them in horror.

Many of the students said that seeing the messages put a damper on an otherwise well-organised night and that the wording was obviously intended to shock, and it did. The group of six was deemed highly insensitive and many have said that the University should investigate the incident further and bring those guilty to book.

The organisers, a company called EatMyDisco Events, said that although they could not control what people wrote on their shirts, they’d make every effort to ensure the guilty parties were banned from any future events they held.