We know strippers have been getting some terrible shit from people since the beginning of time.
If last year’s NYC Stripper Strike wasn’t enough to prove that they haven’t been granted the esteem they deserve, there’s an entire culture that’s extending their help to support exotic dancers.
Celebrities, fans, and activists have spoken against the scrutiny that strippers have faced. One of the biggest celebrities in the world right now, Cardi B, still reflects on her days as a stripper, both for interpretation and inspiration.
Others who have formerly been dancers have also openly spoken about the disrespect they’ve faced being a stripper both in and out of the club.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that when Veronica Beckham, a former dancer who worked for Scores in Atlantic City in 2014, received a large sum of money by a deceased client, she was automatically labeled dishonorable and manipulative.
According to the NY Post, Beckham performed for Micky Liu, an HBO executive, and maintained a strong relationship with him.
Suffering from obesity and a onset of other related diseases, Liu passed away a year later, leaving Beckham an inheritance of $223,000 through his 401(K), life insurance and various bank accounts.
However, his sister May Liu said that she believes that this was a coerced relationship, and filed a lawsuit against Beckham.
“As a professional exotic dancer, was adept at applying and using coercion and manipulation upon men.”
She also claimed that Beckham,
“Preyed upon Micky Liu’s vulnerability by exerting influence over him in the form of moral coercion.”
Beckham didn’t respond easily to the allegations, however.
“None of the stuff about me enticing him into naming me as a beneficiary is true. I was very hurt by the lurid and untrue allegations.”
With the money, Beckham has set on her new career as a fashion designer. The controversy over her earnings has persisted, and speaks on a larger issue; the way dancers are unfairly perceived and regarded over their means of income.
The court ruled that she was legally deserving of the money and that she was considered as one of Liu’s girlfriends. Beckham says that their relationship was strictly friendship, with no sexual nature involved.
Although the court ruled that it was Beckham’s money, Liu’s lawyer insists that they’re still working on the case. “We’re reviewing the decision,” he told the New York Post.
A second round of shots are sure to be fired at Beckham, but this is nothing new. The strikes don’t only start here, they start in the heart of our culture.