Thursday, August 20, 2009

Please, tip your go-go boys

Rowan,

I see no reason for you to stop posting about the extremely intriguing life of a go-go boy. For people like me, all we know of you is what we see - a young guy in his underwear (or less) dancing on a box.

I am so glad to have had you and Dylan on here to blog this past month. I feel that it's doing a world of good for people who have preconceived notions about go-go boys (they're idiots, they're prostitutes, etc.)

Ever since I tripped face-first into nightlife promotion, I've been able to see the truth, at least here in NYC. Most of the go-go boys that are up there on the cube are in fact students, paying their way through college. You, a photography major. Dylan, a theater major. A night ago I was speaking with Alan Picus about this, and he was proud of the fact that the boys who dance at his parties ARE in fact students, and a few of the older ones are actually graduating college (which they paid their way through by dancing).

There is much that people don't know about go-go boys. For instance, a lot of them think that you're on a company payroll. When, in fact, the truth is you mostly work for tips. Compound this with an image in clubgoers' heads of that skeevy old dude sticking a ten spot in a g-string to get a shot at poking your taint and what you end up with is a hesitance to tip a go-go boy.

When I'm working at Splash or other venues, I make it a point to encourage patrons to tip the go-go boys. I show them how it is not only okay, but it's why you are there. And what's a dollar or two when you're spending 8 - 10 bucks on a drink?

Perhaps you can do a post on the respectful ways to tip a go-go boy. Perhaps you can show people why you want them to tip you. There is so much that they don't know, or don't understand.

Educate, Rowan. Show them the light.

xoJR

2 comments:

  1. Darlin' if you're opening up the opportunity to do so, I'd be happy to. I'll do a video farewell Saturday?

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