Perhaps not, but there’s a bottle battle brewing in New York City’s legendary strip clubs, pitting the ladies who undress on stage and the scantily clad bartenders who don’t.
They’re called “bottle girls,” and while they’re not supposed to get undressed, this new breed of bartender gets close – and aggressive.
In this video, you can see the bartenders – dressed in revealing blue lingerie – sweeping cash off the stripper’s stage while her back is turned.
The fight has led to what is being called the “NYC Stripper Strike.” To top it off, there’s a racial component — most of the strippers are black and most of the bartenders, or “bottle girls,” are white or Latina.
Gizelle Marie – hopefully not her real name – has had enough. She is the organizer of the strike and said she is facing intense backlash for speaking out.
“I have been banned from the urban clubs like Starlets, Lust, Angels and Traphouse in New York,” she told Page Six:
Right now, I am not working, but I have been really smart with my money so I have some cash saved. I am so focused on this strike because it became like a new job to me. I am not the only one . . . There are other dancers behind me, and no one knows who they are, and we are going to keep it that way because they are afraid to lose their jobs.
The walkout comes as more and more “bottle girls” flagrantly take cash that belongs to the pole-dancing pros.
Another twist: club owners charge a house fee for the strippers – anywhere from $125 to $200 per night. But the bartenders pay no fee.
Gizelle said that she’s fighting for the rights of all women.
This is not just for dancers — this is a movement for women’s awareness and the mistreatment of women. It is not just about what it is going on in the strip club but all around the world. I want the bartenders to work with the dancers . . . These bartenders lose their dignity when they take the money off the stage. Why do I have to stop what my job entails to be in ‘survival- of-the-fittest’ mode and see you swipe away money from the person that is onstage? There has always been a rule that whatever money lands on the stage is for the dancers, but the bartenders do not follow it. Managers have allowed this behavior to happen.
It used to be that these strippers could make thousands of dollars in a single night. But no more.
“Years ago, girls could make thousands in one night. But now, girls are paying large house fees depending on the event,” she said.
Asked about her future plans, she said: “I am thinking about going to school for psychology. I would also like to maybe open my own strip club, where a woman will be running things and making changes for the better.”
Another stripper, DJ Jay 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.”
I see the ladies beefing in NY Now, Dancers vs the Bartenders. Smh… We all have to just face the fact that it’s a new day, It was a time where bartenders were only allowed to serve drinks and didn’t wear the same attire as the dancers. The ladies did not change that rule the clubs did, And social media made it where some promoters ( not all ) will use popular ladies who never bartended in their life, to bartend at their events an most of all use their IG celebrity to make their fans come out on their nights! New Day! Customers like new shit everything changes , so now it’s a matter of dancers and bartenders having to get their fans to come spend money on them in order to eat, fair is fair I get that also. But here is the Fukery, What I do understand and acknowledge is that there is RACISM against black woman in most of these NY strip clubs! It has been going on for a while now it didn’t just start? 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. My last event this security clown would not let a black dancer in VIP, I told him it’s my event let her up there , this fool told me no, I told him you getting paid tonight because of me let her up, he still shook his head, Now we was about to get on his skull , but I wasn’t about to fuk up my own event, so I had to get a manager to check his dumb ass, then I removed his stupid ass from his post!! So if that’s the argument that’s being pushed as far as racism, then I have to agree, They don’t let black women on stage when it’s big money in the building or VIP, Unless you have built a name for yourself, So knowing this everyone needs to step their game up a notch an get it right!! Or try another state because this is how they playing, but it shouldn’t be the ladies beefing with each other because it’s not the ladies who set the rules!! But as far as telling women because they bartend they not supposed to eat, it’s a new day , not saying it’s the way that its supposed to be, but times change an ppl can do what they want with their club.. Personally I feel they should drop both titles “Strippers and Bartenders” because it’s all the same shit now!
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