While Bill O'Reilly is a devout Catholic, he does seem to have an affection for the more prurient side of life. Hopefully this don't cause him to have, as his grammar school nuns would say, "dirty thoughts," but that's what confession is for, so it's all good...Last week, he sent out his producer Jesse Watters, who loves to take a walk on the wild side, to check out strippers in Philadelphia during an (ahem) comedic investigatory piece on Philadelphia's amusement tax which Watters construed as a pole dance tax. Once again there is rich irony in the fact that O'Reilly's audience is a bit geriatric while the content is so junior high. But for many of his barcalounger brigade, watching "Watters World" is cheaper than Viagra. Ewww.
O'Reilly, who has lots of money, opened by declaring that the "government is trying to steal our money" He described a few strange taxes like a Colorado tax on napkins and - wait for it - a tax on Philadelphia strippers if "they give patrons individual attention" which, one assumes, would be given to Bill if he were in their company. He joked that "Jesse Watters demanded to find out why."
Watters video was, as usual, full of Watters smarmy comments, in addition to featuring several strippers. In explaining lap dancing to a man who wasn't familiar with the term, Watters was almost salivating as he said "it's a female who gyrates provocatively on the lap of anther man." While Watters told his interviewees that the city was imposing a lap dance tax, an aide to Mayor Nutter told Watters that there is no such thing as a lap dance tax; but there is an "amusement tax." The video went to a scene of some actor yelling "yee haw." When this gentleman said, in response to Watters question, that he has never been to "one of these places," the next oh, so clever splice was "Dr. Evil" saying "riiight."
After a stripper told Watters what she made per night, Watters joked that maybe he should be a stripper even though he's "not built for that." (YA THINK!) As usual, Watters included his perfunctory question about whether his subjects watched O'Reilly. As usual, he included only those who praised it and not those who say that O'Reilly is a total buffoon. Watter had a huge guffaw when a man, standing beside a stripper, said "for the record, I'm no trick."
I tell ya, O'Reilly and Watters make Beavis and Butthead look like Rhodes Scholars!
Methinks Jesse needs to do a little more “investigating” if he really thinks he’s “not built” for stripping. For crying out loud, just last year, one of the most successful films (in terms of box-office take vs production budget) was ABOUT male stippers. And Channing Tatum, the star of that film (the film, incidentally, was “Magic Mike”), spent several years AS a male stripper.
Male strippers are a reality. And they have been for decades. Maybe Jesse needs to have his girlfriend—if such a beast (pardon the choice of terms) exists—explain to him what modern women mean when they talk about “Chippendale’s.”
Now, I haven’t had the chance to check out shirtless Jesse but he doesn’t look all that bad. He could probably strip a couple of nights and do pretty well (especially if he worked the nights when the crowd consists of heavy-drinking 40+ women). Male strippers, working in front of a female audience, are pretty restricted in how much contact they’re allowed to make (just as male patrons of female strip clubs are limited in how much contact they can make—in most clubs, if a female stripper does a lap dance, the male client is generally prohibited from touching the woman; she can touch him, but he’s not supposed to touch her). The gay clubs are a whole ‘nother matter. I doubt Jesse is built enough to work the gay clubs, although he might do a fair amount on “amateur nights,” but he might not want to be pawed and groped and fondled the way most male strippers (whether gay or straight—yep, straight male strippers actually like working the gay clubs since the money is so much better and they’ll put up with a fair amount of “handling”) are in the gay clubs.
With all my love,
See my blog post at Now Now Silly “Loofah Lad’s Attack Dog Jesse Watters Attacks LGBT Folk”
With all my hypocrites,