THERE'S a New York "stripper strike" that has dancers walking off their shifts at jiggle joints across town.
One issue that has pole pros up in arms is that a new breed of scantily clad bartenders at city clubs are allegedly earning more. Dancers say the gyrating-but-clothed bartender babes steal strippers' hard-earned tips by surreptitiously sweeping cash off stages and onto bar floors when customers "make it rain."
Blog MTO News explains of the lap-dancing labour dispute, "A group of the TOP African-American and Latina strippers in New York City have gone ON STRIKE. The dancers are claiming that they will NOT return to work until clubs give them EQUAL TREATMENT with bartenders."
The "de facto" leader of the movement is local dancer Gizelle Marie.
On Instagram, she posted notices for a Thursday #NYCStripperStrike meeting at the Poletic Justice pole-dancing and fitness studio in The Bronx.
"The codes of conduct in the New York City [clubs] has been breached," she posted. "What the dancers are fighting for [is] their respect and the strip club culture in NYC."
Rapper Cardi B has weighed in, and a commenter online said, "Strippers are tired of the closet strippers (bartenders) going on stage ... wearing thongs ... picking up money off the floor, shaking their ass ... basically doing EVERYTHING a STRIPPER does but loves to scream loud and proud, 'I ain't no stripper.'"
Apparently, bartenders don't have to "tip the house" or the DJs, as do strippers.
There are other issues at play in the striptease stoppage.
DJ Kay Slay posted: "There is RACISM against black [women] in most of these NY strip clubs! ... At some of my events when it's celebrities in the VIP I have to grab the black women by their hands and pull them into VIP."
When we ran into La La Anthony at a fashion event and asked her opinion, she told us, "I know that scene well. I go to strip clubs, I have friends that are strippers, I have friends that are bartenders. Now the bartenders are the hottest things, and they are getting all the money, and no one is paying the strippers. It is definitely a tricky thing." But, "There is a lane for everyone."
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