A woman erupted after a grown man in ‘fetish gear’ was allowed to play with Lego alongside children at The Australian Museum in Sydney.
What the woman witnessed at the ‘Nights at the Museum’ event in April sparked her protest, causing her to lodge a complaint with event security.
Photos taken by the woman were posted on Twitter.
A man in women’s lingerie plays with Lego alongside young children. Source @Syney Radfem/Twitter via 2GB
While the man’s face has been obscured, the pictures show an adult in a top hat and another man dressed in a midriff top, matching mini-skirt, and suspended fish-net stockings.
In the woman’s complaint to the museum security, she said, “You let a male in fetish gear play in the kid’s Lego pit during the school holidays.”
“He’s sitting with his full package out. Disgusting!!,” she added.
The woman, who posted under the Twitter handle @SydneyRadfem said security advised there was nothing that they could do and pointed her toward the organizer.
/ Twitter Sydney Radfem @SydneyRadfem · May 2 @austmus you let a male in sexual fetish gear play in the kid’s lego pit during the school holidays. When I spoke to security they said they could do NOTHING – & pointed me to the organiser. He’s sitting there with his full package out
The Twitter posts have since been removed.
The Australian Museum has come out in defense of the man, saying that the museum is “committed to being a safe place where everyone feels welcome.”
In a statement shared with news.com, the museum wrote:
“The safety of our visitors and staff is our top priority and we have policies, procedures, security, and Australian Museum staff in place to ensure this,” he said.
“The images shared by the ‘Sydney Radfem’ Twitter account on Tuesday 3 May 2022 were taken nearly three weeks earlier at approximately 8pm during a Nights at the Museum event held on Thursday 14 April 2022.
“Multiple members of our security and programming teams spoke with her on the evening following the concerns she raised regarding two people wearing fancy dress.
“The teams investigated and confirmed that the individuals in fancy dress were keeping to themselves and had not interacted with anyone else in the area that was open to all. The Australian Museum teams confirmed this with ‘Sydney Radfem’, who stayed until the end of the evening with her own child.
The museum said they did not receive any other complaints other than the one from ‘Sydney Radfem,’ adding, “To ensure all visitors feel comfortable at future Nights at the Museum events, the brick play pit will be designed as a children’s only area.
Ben Fordham from 2BG said the images were bizarre.
Fordham questioned the museum’s response to their assessment that the man was in fancy dress, saying that ‘it might just be his or her look.’
“It’s the school holiday, you’ve got a Lego area, and you’ve got a man sitting alongside kids leaving very little to the imagination if I can put it that way, he said, adding
“I think they might need to think about how this works next time around.”