October 24, 2007

Why Not Go With Experience?

Those darn Puritans in New York just can't let anyone have fun, even middle-school students. Can you imagine that people might have considered having strippers as volunteers at a Halloween celebration for Middle School 51 inappropriate? Why, they even volunteered for a task for which they have extensive experience:

The head of New York's Puppetry Art Theatre uninvited a group of strippers from an upcoming school event in order to avoid any undue controversy.

Timothy Young said that he decided to retract the erotic dancers' invitations to the Haunted Halloween Carnival Benefit due to worries that New York's Middle School 51 would cancel the annual event, the New York Daily News reported Wednesday. ...

The strippers had volunteered to participate in the special holiday event, that includes a costume giveaway and a pizza party.

Costume giveaways? Heck, that's their specialty! (via Power Line)


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Comments (16)

Posted by arb | October 24, 2007 8:59 PM

Join the fun. A skeleton crew will be working the graveyard shift. Bring your ghoulfriend. Go anywhere else and you won't stand a ghost of a chance of having a good time. Prizes awarded if you come in your costume.

Posted by Jeff | October 24, 2007 9:24 PM


Posted by quickjustice | October 24, 2007 9:33 PM

Last year, I was taking a commuter train into NYC on Halloween afternoon. Everyone on the train was in costume, headed for the Halloween Parade in Greenwich Village. I promptly dubbed it the "Halloween Express".

Believe me, this story is just the tip of the iceberg!

Posted by TedN | October 24, 2007 9:38 PM

The story seems a little unclear. Obviously it would be inappropriate for strippers to be, well, stripping at a school Haloween party. If a group of them just thought it would be fun to volunteer and run the concession booth or whatever I wouldn't have a particular problem with that as long as they were dressed "normally" and weren't wearing advertisments for their "club". It's entirely possible that some of them have kids at the school.

Posted by George | October 24, 2007 10:26 PM

Here is the Best Halloween Stripper
2.9 MB Windows Media Video

Believe it or not, this is actually probably safe for work even though it doesn't look like it is going to be.

Posted by docjim505 | October 25, 2007 4:07 AM

TedN has a point. While the story certainly cause my eyebrow (ahem) to rise, it's not like strippers are some alien race of women who constantly take off their clothes wherever they go. I grant you that one can expect ANY sort of lunacy in today's public schools, but it isn't unreasonable to expect that the strippers were volunteering to work the event just like any other women in the community.

Speaking as a former middle school student, I certainly wouldn't have had any problems with such women working at my school! I DO wonder about strippers with kids: how does it feel for little Johnny or little Susie when it comes time to tell the class "What My Mommy Does"?

And shouldn't we be worried about real trash showing up to provide a bad influence on the kids? Like lawyers, politicians, or reps from the teachers union?

Posted by swabjockey05 | October 25, 2007 6:11 AM

Skipper, I hope you’re not such a prude when you “man-up” your vessel…some swabbies think women are bad luck ships…not this one.

Dr J. Don't worry about your "one brow"...at least you don't have a Five Head (or is it 6?) for a forehead.

Who cares if the strippers volunteer? As long as they are there as volunteers/mothers, not strippers...and they aren't clad in G-strings (at least as outer garments).

Are they going to do any advertisement for their Strip Club while they’re volunteering? Are they going to encourage the little girls to set their sights on Stripping as a career? If so, that's what will get them in trouble with the PTA.

Posted by Jazz | October 25, 2007 6:48 AM

I'm relieved to see some of the early comments echoed my reaction to this (non) story just so I wouldn't worry that I was losing my mind. The school was being stupid, and this is hardly news worthy. Two years ago we had a benefit for the Human Society and a group of dancers from one of the local clubs came down to volunteer. They were all really nice and helped raise significant money for the shelter.

Being a stripper is not illegal. It's not like the school was inviting convicted pedophiles to work there. And yes, I'm willing to bet several of the dancers had kids in the school. Shall we ban every actress who has ever done a topless scene from doing any charity work? Why is this even a story?

Posted by KauaiBoy | October 25, 2007 6:52 AM

Where's the outrage? where's Rev Al and the ACLU and Chuck and Hillary? No Justice No piece!!!

Posted by NavyspyII | October 25, 2007 7:11 AM

Hehe, I keyed on the costume giveaway line too.

I just want to know where in the heck these folks were when I was in Jr. High! Damnit!

Posted by NoDonkey | October 25, 2007 7:36 AM

Ah yes, the old "whore with a heart of gold" legend. Just stripping to get through law school, sir.

No matter that strip clubs are owned by criminals/organized crime, that strippers are addicted to drugs/alcohol and that they are perpetually stalked by their porn addicted, drug addicted, violent "customers".

Let's invite them into a junior high.

Come to think of it, they're probably far less dangerous than the blockheads who run the school in the first place.

Posted by docjim505 | October 25, 2007 8:42 AM

NoDonkey: Come to think of it, they're probably far less dangerous than the blockheads who run the school in the first place.


Posted by LarryD | October 25, 2007 10:23 AM

Well, they (the strippers) will be safer at school than at work. ;-)

Posted by swabjockey05 | October 25, 2007 10:32 AM

LarryD, you haven't been around the Junior High I went to near Detroit...

Posted by Conrad | October 25, 2007 6:35 PM

"No matter that strip clubs are owned by criminals/organized crime, that strippers are addicted to drugs/ alcohol and that they are perpetually stalked by their porn addicted, drug addicted, violent "customers."

Wow! you sure have a good education on this profession. I'll bet you have seen the best of them? How are you handling your addictions?

Posted by km | October 26, 2007 11:49 AM

Conrad - NoDonkey seems to have a fair handle on the industry. I've never been a patron of such places (haven't even been in one when it was open for business), but have worked on the law enforcement end of dealing with them.

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