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February 09, 2022

'Lap dances for Haiti' -- fair or foul?

To be sure, charity often comes from the least likely sources.

After Cincinnati Bengals wideout Chad Ochocinco gets a showboating fine from the NFL, for example, he donates that same amount to those in need. Irascible Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban does the same. Heck, even perennial curmudgeon Ebenezer Scrooge bought the town’s biggest bird for Bob Cratchit and family on Christmas morning.

But rarely do we hear about the stripper with a heart of gold, and it appears it took one of the most devastating earthquakes of all time for her to bare all for a good cause.

According to the Associated Press, a gentleman’s club in Ohio has taken relief efforts to a new level, jumpstarting a campaign dubbed simply, “Lap dances for Haiti.”

Marilyn’s on Monroe, the Toledo bar, donated its $10 cover charge last Saturday to ISOH/IMPACT, a local organization that provides food and clothing for victims of the Haiti ‘quake. The club raised $1,000.

Why get involved? The strip joint’s general manager told the AP he’d been looking for a way to improve his club’s image, and “you don’t hear much about strip clubs giving back to the community.”

Indeed, while the GM later told the Toledo Blade newspaper “it was pretty hard to find a (charitable) organization that wants to deal with an adult entertainment establishment,” it appears ISOH/IMPACT was quite at peace with the money raised.

Linda Greene, the group’s CEO, says she appreciates any donations to help Haiti. She told the AP she didn’t have any problem with where the money came from.

The question is: do you? With more strip clubs – like the Landing Strip in nearby Romulus, Michigan – planning to adopt similar “Lap dances for Haiti” initiatives, more so-called money of the flesh will be coming in to aid earthquake victims.

Is this fair, or foul?

By Jason Buckland, MSN Money



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Gordon PowersGordon Powers

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