Last Wednesday afternoon at the three-floor strip club Ricks Cabaret, seven strippers in stilettos and skimpy animal print garb were popping their tops. They were there so early to be photographed for PETAs latest iteration of Id Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur.
As This is a Mans World played loudly overhead, Michael McGrawthe nonprofits PR whizcalmly gave the dancers stage directions. The photog announced, Good, nice, your ass looks great. A curvy Asian chick with a butterfly tattoo and a blonde wig winked at me and playfully lowered her thong a few inches. Oh, hello. A tanned Italian girl with huge boobs and fishnets brought me a Coke and bent down low to deliver it. Whiplash.
This will lead to a more serious discussion about fur, McGraw told me as the girls started to really get into it. He may have confused my eye on the jiggling assets for skepticism. Look, well work with just about anyone, he admitted with a smile, as the gals piled off the stage to powder their noses and change. Like me? I asked, pointing to my leather motorcycle jacket. Etro suits notwithstanding, this guy has a reputation as a hardcore activist, but he doesnt preach. Oh, not at all. Big Lonnie, who works at the club, asked if I want to go down to the dressing room with the girls. My man!
Im such a vegan. After deciding to use her real name, Stefanie, a 23-year-old East Village punk with a Monroe piercing, gave me the 411. Ive been one since the end of the summer when I read Skinny Bitch.
Who else should I talk to, Stef? She pointed to the winky one with the butterfly tattoo and whispers, Hmm, anyone really. Definitely not her though. Stefs pal, a nude, blonde Kazakh joins the fray, Fur is bad in my country, I leave a diamond home that I got, after I saw Blood Diamond. So what would you do if a man gave you a fur? Oh this is a hard question, maybe sell? Or I know! Id give it to my mother.
Sakia lithe Asian Americanwalked over wearing a thong and a silver belly button chain. She flew in from Chicago for the shoot at the behest of Big Lonnie, but she wasnt on script.
Yeah, I would keep a fur then. If a guy bought if for me then its special. Has your boyfriend bought you one? Which one? She asked, giggling. I have two, one for work and one for play!