Murder, sex and bow ties: New podcast explores the dark side of Chippendales dancers
Most people know Chippendales as bow ties.
The male dance review has become an international phenomenon, but a new podcast pushes itself behind the organization – the behind-the-scenes scandal, sex and even murder.
Welcome to your imagination Pineapple is an eight-episode podcast from Street Studios and Gimlet Media that explores the dark side of Chippendale. Host Natalia Petrejela is a professor of American history at the New School in New York City, and states that her interest in the male dance troupe was from her prominence in the Zagatist.
“It’s very fun as a historian, because the one thing that always means a lot to me is taking pop culture seriously as a historical subject,” Petrigella tells Yahoo Lifestyle. “My entire career I’ve always been interested in America in the late 20th century.”
In the 1980s, when Petrzella was asked to provide commentary for a documentary exploring sexual culture, she was amazed by the information she received on Chippendale – the biggest of her greed-filled and jealous relationships between two men The discovery made them. This created a rift that culminated in the murder.
Nick Nick Nia is a choreographer and producer of Chippendales, hired by Steve Banerjee. Patriella explains, he actually knows it like a take-off strip contest. “When Nick is killed, it takes some time to solve the crime, but as everyone is in his immediate circle, Steve did it, Steve.”
“I ended up pitching it as a podcast and two years later we’re here,” Petrzella said.
The Chippendales emerged prominently in the 1980s, and Petrzella made sure to provide historical context as to why that decade allowed the group to flourish. Mall tours, daytime talk shows and calendar sales all contributed to name recognition, but Welcome to your imagination Points to feminism as one of the marketing strategies used to sell tickets.
“The notion of a woman who earns her own money, works 9 to 5, who gets money to spend, who keeps in touch with her sexuality. Petrezella points out that everyone started to tap into the mainstream.
Women were encouraged to be in the club for hooting and hollers. They could put dollar bills in live strings and some even got a kiss from men. One of the former dancers interviewed on the podcast said that he does not know that women can act “wild”. Another former dancer said she does not know “women can be so violent.”
Petrigela said, “It’s not really like empowerment, but I think it was necessary for women to release something.”
Despite the rowdy crowds and sex behind the scenes, the owners tried their best to keep the Chippendale image upscale and drama-free. The dancers’ image was carefully cultivated, and the podcast explored how the culture of boycott was eventually created.
“One of the things we do in podcasts is known in a very special way … to create a ‘classy club’.” [as per] The owners, and the definition of ‘classy’, meant white, “Petrazella says.” And it really represents that kind of moment in race relations in the 1980s, so I hope we do that justice. “
Welcome to your imagination From his tour of Europe to his residency in Las Vegas, Chippendales also sees growth, helping listeners explore the 80s – including music, fashion and workout tapes – through the lens of the event From
“The world in which it operates is so important,” says Petrejela. “This is not simply a story of two men hugging each other, and a battle of their greed and ambition, but it is really a story about 1980s America.”
Video produced by Jenny Miller
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