A sold-out baby sensory show featuring half-naked drag, burlesque and ‘BDSM’ acts with ‘filthy’ names has been cancelled after a backlash from parents and even celebrities who were angry at the ‘highly sexualised’ event involving infants.
Critics including Sherlock actress Amanda Abbington had been accused of transphobia when they called Caba Baba Rave morally wrong and ‘not for babies’.
But today it was revealed that a sold out show in Waterloo, London, on Saturday March 11, has been cancelled due to the backlash – but the organisers insist it was aimed at parents sick of ‘the f****** Wheels on the Bus’, not babies and children.
Clips and promo shots for Caba Baba Rave showed one cross-dressing performer, who has a drag name that is a pun on anal sex, doing a handstand on a chair in a leopard-print thong and gloves.
Another performer, who has a similarly rude name, is seen in a bondage-style outfit performing acrobatics from a swing suspended from the ceiling. One picture showed a topless woman with rainbow hearts on her nipples and wearing only a red thong holding a toddler in the air.
A topless woman lifts a todder in the air at a CabaBabaRave event earlier this year
Caba Baba Rave’s next stop was in Waterloo on March 11 – but this has now been cancelled
CabaBabaRave brands itself as a ‘little slice of afternoon delight’ that intersperses cabaret with ‘captivating baby sensory moments’ before ‘ending in a rave’
Parents going to the sold out rave will be offered a refund. But the troupe insist they will not be gone forever
In an email to those who bought a £23.50 ticket, the organisers Gemma Daubney, 38, and Liz West, 37, said: ‘We just wanted to say a huge thank you for buying a ticket for one of our upcoming events. Your support means the world to us.
Blaming online ‘trolling’ and the media – without touching on the many critical parents, they went on ‘Sadly we have made the very hard decision to cancel out upcoming show.
‘We think a small breather for our mental health is the right thing to do. We aren’t a large company set up for this kind of attack – just two mums trying to spread some joy and love.
After confirming everyone will get a refund, the organisers said: ‘Not goodbye forever – but just for now’.
The risqué acts were part of the CabaBabaRave, organised by -based mums ms Daubney, 38, and Ms West, 37, who describe themselves as ex-performers.
The CabaBabaRave show brands itself as a ‘little slice of afternoon delight’ that intersperses cabaret with ‘captivating baby sensory moments’ before ‘ending in a rave’.
Footage showed one dancer, known as Benloader Circus, dressed in bondage gear while performing acrobatic sequences from straps dangling from the ceiling as babies and their parents watched.
The video also shows another act performing a handstand on a chair while wearing nothing but stilettos and a thong at The Flair Ground, near Waterloo in south-east London.
The show, which is part of the VAULT festival, was slammed as ‘absolutely abhorrent’ and ‘sickening’ after the footage went viral on social media.
Ben Loader circus is a performer who has studied at the National Centre for Circus Arts, specialising in aerial rope.
Miss Lucinda B.Hind describes herself as an ‘actress, woman, star and lover!’, combining her training in different elements of the arts such as theatre, circus and contortion to put on a show.
In a description for the now cancelled event , the group said: ‘We wanted to create the type of event we ourselves as Mums would want to go to. There’s only so many times you can listen to the f****** Wheels on the Bus.
‘We wanted to give parents the experience of a “big London night out”.. cabaret, drinks and dancing.. but one you can bring your baby to and still be home for bedtime.’
A drag performer interacts with a young child at a previous show
Women and babies interact with a drag performer at an event that promises ‘captivating baby sensory moments’ for parents told: There’s only so many times you can listen to the f****** Wheels on the Bus’
Footage showed one dancer dressed in bondage gear while performing acrobatic sequences from straps dangling from the ceiling as babies and their parents watched
Another act performed a handstand on a chair while wearing nothing but stilettos and a thong
The latest controversy comes after months of protests over events such as Drag Queen Story Time, which sees drag queens sit and read stories to children.
But the show was slammed as ‘abhorrent’ and ‘sickening’ after the footage went viral on social media, fuelled by users suggesting the cabaret performance was billed as suitable for children.
Ms Abbington, the former partner of actor Martin Freeman. was among the critics, tweeting: ‘I’m really broad minded but nah.
‘This is bulls**t. Not for f**en babies.
‘And if you think it is, there is something fundamentally wrong with you.’
She was then accused of transphobia.
She said: ‘I lost quite a few followers for saying that a semi-naked man in thigh high boots dancing in a highly sexualised way shouldn’t be performing in front of babies and it tells me everything I need to know about where society is heading. How do you not agree with me on this????’
One commentator added: ‘More concerned that the parents think that sort of thing is appropriate and took their babies there in the first place.’
Expressing disbelief, a Twitter user said: ‘What parent (if we can call them that) in their right mind would subject ANY child to this.
‘What damage is being done to this young minds; parents are there to protect children from this type of behaviour. Why is this being allowed to continue????’