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‘New Rules’: Law students release parody Dua Lipa music video addressing sexual harassment in the workplace

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It’s racked up over 57,000 views already

A group of law students have released a music video that takes aim at sexual harassment in the legal profession.

The viral video is a parody of UK singer Dua Lipa’s smash hit New Rules and has been produced by the Wellington Law Revue, a collection of musically-minded wannabe lawyers from Wellington, New Zealand. Racking up over 57,000 views in under a week, the video focuses on the HR manager of a fictional law firm reprimanding male lawyers for harassing young female members of staff.

NEW RULES WELLINGTON LAW REVUE

*** CW: References to sexual assault and harassment ***

Our extremely talented team have spent the last few months writing, recording and filming to put this MUSIC VIDEO together. Sung by our very own Leilani Taula, we think the legal profession is well overdue for a few NEW RULES in the workplace. #metoo

Posted by Wellington Law Revue on Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Making her way around the firm’s office, the head of HR calls for, among other things, an end to “dirty jokes, unwanted touches, hugs or gropes.” Demanding a change in the way women are treated in the workplace, the chorus goes:

“We want new rules, we want them
We want new rules, we want them
We gotta hold them to account
We want new rules, we want them
It’s not that hard to figure out.”

Turning things up a notch, the track suggests law is full of “pervs” and that life for a woman can be “like living in an episode of Mad Men“. The video ends with the HR manager threatening to burn the office to the ground and kill all men, before turning to the camera and saying: “Come on you guys, can’t you take a joke?”

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Catchy parody aside, the legal profession has been rocked by allegations of misconduct in recent months.

In February, Dentons confirmed one of its London partners placed on a leave of absence following allegations he had acted inappropriately towards female members of staff had left the firm. At the time, the global law firm said his behaviour “fell well below the expectations that we have of our partners”, however it “found no evidence of sexual harassment”.

One month later, Baker McKenzie revealed one of its partners was leaving amid an allegation of sexual assault. The incident reportedly occurred after the partner in question invited a number of lawyers, including the victim, back to his hotel for drinks.

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49 Comments

Anonymous

This is cringey as fuck

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Anonymous

Welcome to the future

Where men and women sit on segregated tables

No one cracks any jokes

No one ever finds a partner and gets married

People hit 39, freeze their eggs and wonder what the hell happens

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Anonymous

Why don’t you change your view on the future then? Gain some respect and empower equality!

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Steven Seagull

lol?

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Anonymous

I’m female, and I agree

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Anonymous

That doesn’t make your opinion right or reasonable. The pendulum was not in the right place previously, but it’s swung too far the other way now…

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loljkm8

The importance of the message is evident and on point.

However, the delivery of said message has resulted in my toes curling and my face displaying nothing short of a grimace. The cringe is just too much.

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Anonymous

Students who have not experienced a long period of time working in a law firm release song pretending they have intricate knowledge about law firms.

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Anonymous

This. Precisely this. These students have never worked in a law office. They have no idea what they’re actually like. This is just virtue signalling at its most tedious and pointless.

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Anonymous

I think this comment could equally be directed at LC staff and their output.

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Anonymous

Is the student on the far left interested in a training contract?

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Anonymous

We will ask him.

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Anonymous

She looks fiesty doesn’t she. I wonder how long it would take to break her. Mentally. Not that I condone such a thing. Honestly. Maybe.

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Anonymous

Feisty

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Anonymous

Ah shit, you got me. I feel like a right mug now. Unzip yourself then.

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Trumpenkrieg

The Left can’t meme.

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Anonymous

‘if it happens again, we’ll kill all men’

followed by

‘uproar of threatened masculinity’.

Surely this is the one time I can feel legitimately threatened?

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JD P4rtner

“If you stick around we’ll burn your office to the ground”…

Can anyone else smell smoke?

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Anonymous

Virtue signalling. Get in the sea.

I will not be lectured on what it is like to work in a busy firm by someone who is still going out every night until 3am and living off a diet of Greggs sausage rolls and 13 pence noodles from Aldi.

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Trumpenkrieg

Why do you hate strong, independent, sassy women?

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Anonymous

Says the misogynist.

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CJ

I’m at full time uni student and have worked in a law firm my entire adult life. I hear and see some form of sexual harassment EVERYDAY at my firm – so those that say students have no idea – YOU ARE WRONG – most uni students will work in a law firm to gain experience

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Anonymous

Lol aren’t they cute bless em

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Anonymous

What is this cringe, LC just cost me 3 years of my life.
Gotta watch Mad Men though

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Anonymous

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Old git

This post has been removed because it breached Legal Cheek’s comments policy.

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Old git

You keep deleting my comments LC. I said most female fee-earners in law firms are butters, particularly those over the age of 35.

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Anonymous

followed by

‘oh, c’mon you guys, can’t you take a joke’ – a comment which the majority of the time is said after a male has made an inappropriate expression towards a female.

Feeling threatened is a horrible feeling, isn’t it.

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Anonymous

No, the majority of the time its said when what was intended as a joke has not been taken as such.

And accusing a male of an ‘inappropriate expression’ towards a female without describing the expression is itself inappropriate.

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Just Anonymous

Totally against sexual harassment. Totally against discrimination. Totally against sexual assault. Most people are against these things (including men, incidentally).

If you want to make a video criticising these practices, fine. No objection from me in principle.

However, if you wish to actually practise law afterwards, three suggestions:

1. Don’t include a scene involving pushing a bunch of men down into chairs before standing over them with lighters singing “we’ll burn your office to the ground” – all with faces of stone; and

2. Do not stare straight into the camera, with same said faces of stone, singing “if it happens again, maybe we’ll just kill all men,” and

3. Absolutely do not portray perfectly legitimate objections to said threats as nothing more than ‘threatened masculinity’ and an inability to take jokes.

Doing these things tells me that either you don’t realise how incredibly threatening, hateful and bigoted they make you look, or (even worse) you do realise and just don’t care.

Either way, you have incredibly poor judgment.

And I don’t want anyone with poor judgment anywhere near my chambers.

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JD P4rtner

“If you stick around we’ll burn your office to the ground”…
*smoke starts to waft under the door*

Nice knowing you Legalcheek comments section.
I’d like to thank all of my obliging interns.

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Anonymous

I blame the Spice Girls

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Anonymous

And Margaret Thatcher

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Defender against the Trigglypuff beast.

This is not news. They are just typical attention seeking crazy feminists.

None of those women have experienced “sexual assault” They are just posturing.

The sentiments of these women are akin to slave moralist as conceptualized by Nietzsche who masks their resentment as morality. These women are just bitter 5/10s with low SMV. They are probably jealous of the compliments that high SMV women receive. It is a typical case throwing the chess pieces on the floor when you’re loosing.

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Anonymous

“typical attention seeking crazy feminists” – your mis-characterisation says more about you than it does about anyone else, donchathink?

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Steven Seagull

Seems like an accurate description to me.

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Anonymous

New Zealand legal profession rocked as students appear in ‘sexist’ chanting video. Calls for apology have so far gone unanswered.

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Anonymous

Legitimate question: is this video an expression of hate speech? I think there are grounds police’s hate crime unit should be looking into this.

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Steven Seagull

Hate speech doesn’t exist against Men. Surely everyone knows this by now?

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Anonymous

This video has put me off women.

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Anonymous

What do you mean?

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Your Dad

Wowiee

What a way to kill your career before its even started. Yeah, sexual harassment sucks. But this video is so distasteful and the “jokes” against men in the profession? Which man would want to hire you? This is a generalisation of men in the legal profession and from my own experience it is a very small proportion of men who actual go on to do these things.

You’d be lucky if a firm was stupid enough to hire you. You will either never enter the legal profession or if you do, you will be ridiculed for this video for as long as you live. Looking at the positives this is just natural selection for the legal profession. The weak, the dim-witted and the stupid get whittled out earlier. Glad they did this early on in their career. Maybe a career as recruitment consultants would be better?

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Anonymous

I am male and have worked 11 years in a top tier law firm, and frankly there is just as much, if not more, inappropriate bullying, harassment and sexist behaviour from women as there is from men. That doesn’t make such behaviour by either sex as being right, or acceptable, but this holier-than-thou affront on all male lawyers is tiresome and as unfair as the reporting of mainstream media. The glass ceiling debate is also tired, and inaccurate – the statistics reflect decades of behaviour – look just at promotions on a per capita basis, and you will see females dominate senior promotions (by proportion). Many females leave law firms because they decide, for reasons other than misogyny, that they would rather a different lifestyle. So do many men. Stop perpetuating sexist agendas. There are plenty, of not more now, opportunities for females (indeed, there is positive discrimination occurring as I type). It’s doing more harm than good.

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Steven Seagull

Totally psycho women for the win!

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Anonymous

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Ciaran Goggins

Break the law? I am the law. Sounds like subconscious phallocentric oppression of wimmin.

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Anonymous

The girl at the front looks super cute with her mouth open like that.

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Anonymous

Reasonable message. Appalling execution.

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Jane Smith

It’s obviously a comic press against the issues that are very relevant in today’s business workplace, especially in law!! I have been a legal clerk and have experienced this many times and much worse!!
Either there are a lot of male commenters on here trying to ignore the very real issues or women and men who excuse this treatment!
It is excellent, funny and relevant and as someone highly affected by sexual harassment over my career, I certainly appreciate more attention being brought forth.

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