Edinburgh students ‘blacking up’ sparks anger

Edinburgh law students black up. Picture: Comp
Edinburgh law students black up. Picture: Comp
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MEMBERS of the Edinburgh University Law Society have sparked outrage after “blacking up” during an organised social.

The ‘Beerientering’ event, which took place last night, asked students to follow an “around the world” fancy dress code.

However, pictures began circulating on social media over the last few hours of four students - three male and one female - “blacked up” to represent Somali pirates.

The group was challenged by members of the Vegetarian Society, the Amnesty Society and the Tibet Society about their costumes and are understood to have responded: “It’s only for one night.”

Door staff at The Hive nightclub were also questioned by other students attending on their decision to allow the group entry to the venue. The door staff are understood to have replied that “if they are offended they can leave.”

The Law Society’s Facebook page has been changed to “private” in the past hours, but a statement posted there from President Keir Barlas said: “I am currently in the process of drafting a statement on behalf of the committee and society in response to the issues raised by last night’s Beerienteering, and will publish it as soon as it is finished. In the meantime, on behalf of the committee and Society, I extend my sincerest apologies to anyone offended.”

Edinburgh University Law Society is an independent society, not affiliated with EUSA.