28 July 2017

Benny Hill-style Fun Run featuring scantily clad athletes scrapped by an arts centre after it was branded ‘sexist’

A BENNY Hill-style Fun Run has been scrapped by an arts centre after it was branded “sexist”.

Scantily clad runners were due to mimic seq­uen­ces from the late comic’s show, where he was chased by women to the tune Yakety Sax.

Benny Hill’s show always had a saucy chase sequence
Rex Features

But organisers in ­Canton, Cardiff, faced a furious backlash as the event was slammed as “demeaning to women”.

They cancelled the run — inten­ded to publicise a forthcoming play about the life and work of the late 1970s and ’80s star.

There will also be a discussion on whether Hill was a misogynist.

In a statement, the centre said: “The production that plays here in September is not a celebration of or a tribute to Benny Hill and his life and work – it is an analysis of it and an exploration of how someone, whose career burned so brightly, was able to fall so quickly.

“It looks at how what one man thought acceptable eventually destroyed him, and the purpose of the Frisky Fun Run was to raise awareness for that production.

“We were inviting men and women alike to dress up in fancy dress – wearing whatever they would like – to simply have a bit of fun.

The race was meant to publicise a play about the comedian
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“That said, we accept there is also a more serious side to this, and with that in mind we have realised that an isolated event like this is sending out the wrong message and is not a true reflection of the drama.”

The cancellation was met with a mixed response by locals.

One would-be runner Martyn Kelly said: “I will return my £9.50 sexy male nurse outfit to amazon.”

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