I wrote an article for Luna Luna magazine about how to not be a complete A-hole at a burlesque show. I’ve had a few unpleasant experiences with people who seem to have no clue how to behave themselves, so I thought I’d write up a little how-to piece for anyone who cares enough to google it. (And to vent some of my frustrations about rude burlesque audience members. Seriously. MOVE YOUR GIGANTIC HEAD.) I call it “Burlesquetiquette.”
“These performers take their art seriously, and the fact they end up near-naked and twirling nipple tassels does not mean that they are, in any way whatsoever, “available” to you. They are making sexualized spectacles of themselves on purpose, and they want you to watch and appreciate. But they do not want you to approach them with a leer on your face, shout degrading things at them while they’re on stage, or grab them inappropriately when they come around with the tip bucket. Burlesque is about appreciating the performance and the performer, not about you getting some action. Capish?”
Read the whole thing here!