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 Lawrence.com'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: