And they are not there for the same reasons.
Courtesy of The Sacramento Bee:
Any other Friday night, Gold Club Centerfolds, a strip club on the outskirts of Sacramento, would be sparsely populated — mostly with men. And politics would be left at the door.
But Friday night, women packed the sold-out venue to see Stormy Daniels, keenly aware of the celebrity porn star’s bombshell allegations that she had an affair with President Donald Trump in 2006, and a decade later, accepted a $130,000 payoff to keep silent about it during the 2016 presidential election.
Daniels played up her national spotlight, walking out to “American Woman” by Lenny Kravitz and wearing a red, white and blue sequined dress. As she stripped down nude, the voices of women rang louder than those of the men in the crowd.
At one point during her striptease, the crowd sang along to Tom Petty’s “An American Girl” as Daniels squirted her body with lotion to loud cheers and screams.
Well we know why the men are there, they are men.
But what is attracting so many women?
“I’m not here to watch her get naked or strip, I just wanted to show support for another woman,” said Samantha Paulson, 32, of El Dorado Hills. “She has the guts to talk about her experiences and her views, and that’s not easy right now in this political climate.
“I wanted to support her right to have a voice, and I didn’t want it to be all creepy guys throwing ones at her,” Paulson said.
Shoshana Steele also came out specifically to see Daniels. She’s not a strip club regular, she said.
“I think that she is someone who is influencing politics right now,” said Steele, who did not provide her age or city of residence. “The influence she could have on what’s happening in the U.S. right now makes her someone worth seeing.”
The club owner claimed that in the past some of the crowd might be about 20% women, but with Stormy Daniels that goes way up to almost 50%.
Not only that but the audience is also a little more affluent, and a little older.
I find it interesting that in the era of Trump standing for the national anthem during a football game may be considered less patriotic than attending a performance by an adult actress in a strip club.
These are strange times indeed.