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Monday, March 29, 2010

Do We Call Him "Spanky" Steele Now?

Label this one "less than surprising":

Greg Sargent, The Plum Line:

The Republican National Committee has undertaken an investigation in the wake of news that nearly $2,000 in party funds was spent at a bondage-themed club that features topless female dancers imitating lesbian sex, an RNC spokesperson confirms to me.

The spokesperson adamantly denies that Michael Steele was the party who spent the money at the club and says Steele strongly disavows such actions.

DominatrixSargent describes the club -- Voyeur -- as having a "decor of orgy chic." Think Progress cites a review on which gets into some details. "There are topless 'dancers' acting out S&M scenes throughout the night on one of the side stages," the reviewer writes. "There’s a half-naked girl hanging from a net across the ceiling and at one point I walked to the bathroom and pretty much just stopped dead in my tracks to watch two girls simulating oral sex in a glass case."

Things you get to do; visit a West Hollywood bondage-themed stripclub. Watch topless babes. Get off on seeing lesbian sex (simulated or otherwise). It's a free country and that's all perfectly legal.

Things you don't get to do; shout about "traditional family values," then visit a West Hollywood bondage-themed stripclub. Claim to have the market cornered on moral authority, then spend nearly $2,000 of donors' money watching topless babes. Attack same sex marriage and gays in the military, then get hammered and say, "Oooh look, lesbians doin' it! Yow!" That's where things start getting all hypocritical and you start looking like the phony you are.

If it wasn't Mike Steele who was stuffing bills into G-strings, it begs the question -- who was? Either way, the RNC has a lot of explaining to do -- to its donors at the very least. FEC filings show bills to the RNC included "a $9,099 stop at the Beverly Hills Hotel, $6,596 dropped at the nearby Four Seasons, and $1,620.71 [later updated to $1,946.25] spent at Voyeur West Hollywood, a bondage-themed nightclub featuring topless women dancers imitating lesbian sex."

Fiscal responsibility my ass...

UPDATE: The culprit was Erik Brown, CEO of something called Dynamic Marketing, Inc. and an RNC functionary. The question still remains as to why the RNC chose to reimburse Brown for the expenditures in the first place.


Anonymous said...

Umm these are guys. This is normal.

Therine said...

@Anonymous: The objection isn't that a grown man went to a strip club. It's the hypocristy. This is a party that claims to the party of "family values," that went off Bill Clinton for a blow job, has promoted abstience only sex ed...well, you get the idea.

Jesus said it first said...

They're repressed assholes who think Ayn Rand was talking dirty to them. Normal? Ha! They haven't got the imagination. That's why they go to strip clubs - they can pretend they've bought themselves power. It's like mother's womb.

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