Monday, March 8, 2010

LJ-World Editorial of the Day: A Passionate Defense of the Flamingo Club! / The Return of Rusc.n's Party Pics!

Some of our readers may remember an editorial we showcased last week, in which one Mr. Mark Jarboe took issue with the ties between the Flamingo Club (AKA "The Dirty Bird") and various local St. Patrick's Day events such as the Shamrock Shuffle.

Luckily, someone (Craig Tucker) has stepped in to defend the Bird's good name in an editorial published in today's LJ-World. Here are some excerpts:

"As a past runner in the Shamrock Shuffle and an occasional patron of the Flamingo Club, I take exception with Mark Jarboe’s unfair, ridiculous criticism of the Flamingo’s association with the St. Patrick’s Day events...No one forces ladies to dance for a living or forces people to view such events. People do so because they enjoy it and it is their choice. Patrons rarely disrespect the ladies, and putting hands on the dancers is prohibited."

Chip: "Well, the best lapdancers do usually allow you to squeeze the titties during a dance."

"There has even been an occasional men’s dance group such as Chippendales perform at the club with numerous female patrons attending. So is this also crude and degrading?"

Richard: "From what I've learned in Hollywood romantic comedies, women constantly shout lewd comments at male dancers during such performances, whereas guys in strip clubs tend to just lie quietly on the stage with a dollar in their mouths."

"Let’s be honest. Most American men enjoy observing attractive ladies disrobe and dance, it’s only natural. Men that deny it are not being honest, so why not permit ladies that choose so be able to profit from it?

Chip: "This Tucker has a flawless argument, although it seems to have drifted from having anything to do with the Bird/St.Patty's Day connection to a simple yet passionate defense of watching naked women dance."


Local hip-hop shows are a great way for boring white hipsters to pretend they are in touch with African-American culture and bond for a few hours with their one or two actual black friends. In these photos from's newest "party pics," scenester extraordinaire A. Rusc.n takes us inside the world of local hip-hop at a recent Greg Enemy show (click to enlarge).

In the first one, we see some white folks offering their take on "gangsta" poses:

Next up is a woman posing with her best black friend but still looking vaguely uncomfortable:

And, finally, a look at just how white the audience really is for these things:


Anonymous said...

Nog -

Lots of hard-hitting social commentary today. The oscars must have riled you up!

like black panthers at a cat power show! said...

That last picture is classic, and ripe for scathing cultural commentary from some wittily-named pseudonymous poster!

I'll even offer juicy topics of discussion (other than Enemy, the lone black man in the crowd, at the margins of's frame, looking forlornly at the camera while an enthusiastic female fan quizzically flashes the heavy-metal "corna" hand symbol, at a rap show)and inspiration: Ishmael Reed's scathing (and at times ramblingly incoherent) take on that darling of the Oscars, Precious.

mumbo jumbo said...

Yeah, I couldn't follow Reed's reasoning very far, but there's some interesting stuff there! It's certainly true that the audience when I saw Precious was primarily a bunch of old white women who (loudly) hissed at Monique's character like she was an old-timey, mustache twirling villain!