I have known my share of strippers (whatever that means) in my time and my assessment is that strippers are people too. Often times, it seems to me, strippers are no better and no worse that a lot of the permanently clothed population.
I make this observation, with more than a little of what the Brits call “cheeky humor.” This because the American media has now revealed that “American Idol” singing sensation David Hernandez is a former male stripper — complete with lap dances for men and women.
This last fact, it seems to me, is particularly grating to a segment of the U.S. population such as Christian Conservatives. While you might find some of these folks sneaking into a “girls entertaining guys” strip club, they wouldn’t (normally) be caught dead in a “guys entertaining everyone” strip club.
Despite a quiet controversy, “American Idol” producers say Mr. Hernandez can stay in the competition despite his past as a stripper.
According to the Associated Press, executive producer Ken Warwick said, “We’ve had strippers on the show before. We’re never judgmental about people who do things like that. If it were some sort of heavy porn, then maybe we’d have to take action. But certainly not on this.”
Meanwhile, the Washington Post sent reporter Jose Antonio Vargas to a place called Gun Barrel City, Texas to get a story on gay men who support Hillary Clinton.
I assume “Gun Barrel” was named a long time ago and has something to do with firearms, but who knows?
Mr. Vargas writes in today’s editions, “She’s been picked on, ridiculed, bullied. Those haircuts, that laugh, the clothes. Oh, and Monica. But she never gives up. She’s got good policy positions. She bullies when she needs to. She’s ‘a diva.'”
“And that about sums up why gays — not all, of course, but many — are such ardent, longtime and downright defensive backers of Sen. Hillary Clinton.”
“This historic primary race has turned the American electorate into a demographic pizza pie. Alongside white women and Hispanics, blue-collar folks and Catholics who currently form Clinton’s core constituency, count gays and lesbians, too.”
So putting together a winning coalition of voters has gotten a lot tougher in America since say about 1960.
I’ll just say this about that: strippers are people too.