New York City Strippers Go On Strike After Accusing Clubs Of Colorism And Preferential Treatment For Bartenders

October 26, 2017  |  

The other day, I stumbled across a meme that said Cardi B. was the only one who could settle the beef between strippers and bartenders. I assumed this was some long-standing, generally understood beef between the two parties, something I just didn’t know about because I don’t happen to frequent strip clubs.

But today, I discovered it’s much deeper than that. And even Cardi B. with all of her wondrous powers, might not be enough to fix the problem.

So what is the issue? Bartenders are now competing with the strippers. In today’s strip club culture, bartenders are wearing provocative clothing and doing a little shake. In doing so, they’re distracting patrons from the actual strippers on stage who are much more athletic, more trained and who are doing the job which they were hired to do. Furthermore, as people who rely on patrons spending money on them, men giving it to the bartenders, who are already being paid and tipped for their service, is taking money out of their pockets.

That’s the first layer of the issue.

Secondly, the bartenders are often lighter skinned women who are either racially ambiguous and not Black. Colorism has affected virtually every other industry, it only makes sense it would show up in the adult entertainment world as well.

Here are a few women explaining the problem.

There is some NSFW language included in these videos. Use headphones if you’re at the office.

Cardi B spoke about this same issue before as well.

It’s a problem. One that didn’t just begin, according to New York DJ Kay Slay.

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I see the ladies beefing in NY Now, Dancers vs the Bartenders. Smh… We all have to just face the fact that it's a new day, It was a time where bartenders were only allowed to serve drinks and didn't wear the same attire as the dancers. The ladies did not change that rule the clubs did, And social media made it where some promoters ( not all ) will use popular ladies who never bartended in their life, to bartend at their events an most of all use their IG celebrity to make their fans come out on their nights! New Day! Customers like new shit everything changes , so now it's a matter of dancers and bartenders having to get their fans to come spend money on them in order to eat, fair is fair I get that also. But here is the Fukery, What I do understand and acknowledge is that there is RACISM against black woman in most of these NY strip clubs! It has been going on for a while now it didn't just start? At some of my events when it's celebrities in the VIP I have to grab the black women by their hands and pull them into VIP. My last event this security clown would not let a black dancer in VIP, I told him it's my event let her up there , this fool told me no, I told him you getting paid tonight because of me let her up, he still shook his head, Now we was about to get on his skull , but I wasn't about to fuk up my own event, so I had to get a manager to check his dumb ass, then I removed his stupid ass from his post!! So if that's the argument that's being pushed as far as racism, then I have to agree, They don't let black women on stage when it's big money in the building or VIP, Unless you have built a name for yourself, So knowing this everyone needs to step their game up a notch an get it right!! Or try another state because this is how they playing, but it shouldn't be the ladies beefing with each other because it's not the ladies who set the rules!! But as far as telling women because they bartend they not supposed to eat, it's a new day , not saying it's the way that its supposed to be, but times change an ppl can do what they want with their club.. Personally I feel they should drop both titles "Strippers and Bartenders" because it's all the same shit now!

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As a result, the women in New York, arranged a strike. Tonight women from various clubs are meeting in the Bronx to discuss their demands.

We’ll keep you posted as this story develops. Seeing as this is an issue that affects every industry, it’s particularly necessary that they spoke out.

Veronica Wells is the culture editor at She is also the author of “Bettah Days.” You can follow her on Facebook and on Instagram and Twitter @VDubShrug.

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