Little Leaguers and Exotic Dancers Could Make a Dynamic Duo ... Or Not

Little LeagueWhat comes to mind when you think of a stripper? Ready, set, go: G-strings. Lap dances. Big hair. Sky-high platform stilettos. Patent leather. Names like Honey and Candi. Amazing pole tricks. Philanthropy. Wait ... what? Strippers and all of their stereotypical attributes are the heartbeat of the multimillion-dollar adult entertainment trade. But like many businesses that have done well in any industry, Jet Strip—which bills itself as LA’s Friendliest Gentlemen’s Club”—wanted to give back. You know, beyond creating fantasies for the oogling patrons. So they sponsored a struggling kiddie baseball team.

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The Lennox Little League, comprised of 9- and 10-year-olds, was on the verge of shutting down operations because of rising costs and lagging revenue. Then suddenly, a miracle: Jet Strip turned its rumpshaking profits into a $1,200 donation, saving the kids’ 2012 season from imminent death. Flesh peddling may be Jet Strip’s livelihood but the club owners showed they’ve got heart. 

And it would’ve been a happy ending in the charitable giving storybook except for the outrage of locals and, of course, parents who tsked tsked the source of the funding. So now, instead of benefiting from that sliver of hedonistic philanthropy, which would’ve offset rising costs for baseball fields in the Lennox community, the donation was returned. Apparently taking profits from the blood, sweat, and splits of exotic dancers to benefit a children’s sports team is frowned on as inappropriate. Who knew?

It’s pretty petty when you consider the alternative—now, without that money, the league is again in very real jeopardy of closing up and forfeiting its season this year. That means that the 300 children who take part in the league, which was scheduled to begin later on in the month, will be unable to play and left at the mercy of idle time previously filled with baseball games and practice. That’s the real pity.

Is Jet Strip an ideal funding source? Nope. But considering the sordid histories of many a company—large and small, mom and pop, and Fortune 500—whose indiscretions range from racketeering to sweatshop labor to pimping employees for suckish health benefits to slave trafficking, both historic and contemporary, nobody would be taking any money from a whole heck of a lot of businesses if we were holding every potential sponsor to such high ethical standards. What’s more, the goodhearted folks over at Jet Strip were happy to remain anonymous. So they weren’t asking for their logos to be slapped up on signage around the field or, even worse, on the kids’ uniforms. They just wanted to help.

Incidentally, they also offered a $5,000 donation to the Red Cross back in the 90s and were roundly rebuffed in that attempt, as well. Poor Jet Strip. So much money made on the backs of hardworking strippers and no one to allow them to do good deeds with it. Well, except the Lennox Coordinating Council, who are no dummies. They took whatever donations they were given and parceled them out to community projects.

At the end of the day, does it really matter that the money to keep the team up and running came from a gentleman’s club if it means that 300 kids will be able to play the sport they love? If it came from a drug lord or a brothel, then I could see. Now the team is back to being broke and none of the brighter, shinier, more clean-cut companies are stepping up to meet the gaping financial need. Since ethics are kind of touch and go in the American way, we might as well not turn up our noses at free, no-strings cash. For the kids.

Would you let your child participate in an activity sponsored by a strip club?



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