Microsoft, Go Go Dancers, and Outrage Culture
I’ve yet to come across an article that bothers to ask Go-Go Dancers, Booth Babes, or Strippers for their opinion. Their voices often go unheard despite being a core part of “scandalous” stories. Why is that?
The Current Event
A story about Microsoft, Go-Go Dancers, and a conference party came up in my feed about how people were offended that were Go-Go dancers at a “party” which looked liked the scene of a typical dark nightclub with ambient lighting.
None of the articles I’ve read provided proof that Microsoft hired the dancers directly. Instead, the articles rely on reports from attendees without concrete facts or records.
Microsoft has yet to state publicly what created the situation, only that they would do better in the future. PR knows that people are too intellectually lazy to demand details and navigate nuance. The fastest way to get ahead of this from a PR perspective is to accept responsibility and move on.
For all the faux outrage, I’ve yet to see people who are “outraged” ask the right questions of how and why did this happen to take preventive measures. People assume its sexism and ignore Hanlon’s razor. Why are people assuming malice when this could be explained with incompetence? Why are people calling to ban Microsoft rather than creating productive change?
All the articles that I read covering this incident (whether from The Verge or Huffington Post) contains no depth and only opinions of the people who attended. People deserve better Journalism than this bullshit.
What is the point of a Go-Go Dancer?
Getting a crowd excited and engaged is not a trivial task. Even under the influence of alcohol, dancing intimidates people.
To help with that, Go-Go dancers bring energy to a party space. They often wear less than what is pictured in that recorded tweet.
It shouldn’t be rocket science that dancers get hot during a performance, especially under direct stage lighting and thus it makes sense for them to wear less clothing. Dancing around in sweat laden clothing isn’t exactly fun, nor is it aesthetically appealing in an environment designed to sell ambiance and fun.
I’ve seen male Go-Go dancers in what amounted to speedos and high heels. If the dancers were all male, would that have made it into the paper with equal outrage or celebrated for being different?
I for one enjoy Go Go dancers of both sexes. It’s an under-appreciated form of expression that inspires people to let loose every once in a while from their normally dull and boring lives. They should be praised for their artistic expression, hard work, and confidence; not used as pawns for propaganda in political culture wars.
The human body is a piece of art that should be celebrated rather than seen as a direct threat to those with low self-esteem. Do people not take art classes anymore?
Now where are the voices of the dancers?
In my opinion, the whole situation reads as people with low self-esteem becoming offended because the press and pseudo social sciences in academia has given broken people permission to label anything that causes them to struggle with pejorative terms as a defense mechanism rather than be forced to grow as a person.
In an educated guess, the public doesn’t hear from such voices as Go-Go Dancers in these situations because their voice may contradict the narratives being sold and they may carry more weight than those that are outraged.
I don’t speak for Go-Go Dancers, Strippers, or Booth Babes, only for myself as someone that dances, often starts dances offs, creates the magical dance circle in clubs, and has gotten the party started more than once.
For once, I would like to hear their side of the story and the whole story, wouldn’t you?