Channing Tatum Is Bringing ‘Magic Mike’ To Las Vegas, & Also Here Are Some Puppies
The current Hollywood ambassador of male-strippers, Channing Tatum, has just announced that he will be bringing Magic Mike live to the Las Vegas. In what is a surprisingly positive piece of news, the Magic Mike star said he will be bringing his cast of cuties to the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas in March 2017 for a live rendition of the mesmerizing dance numbers they performed in the movies. Is this small-but-very-real moment in our ongoing struggle to overthrow the sexual patriarchy actually happening in real life?
The show is intended to mirror the concept of the movie: male-based adult entertainment actually crafted for the comfort and pleasure of women. When interviewed about his vision, Tatum was explicit in expressing that he wants this to be a safe and sexy space for women to go glimpse some beautiful men working it. He said that even during his time as a male stripper, it felt more like an exercise in showboating for the men involved than a performance aimed at the female gaze. This show is intent on changing that dynamic, and with Tatum directing, it almost certainly will. Alison Faulk and Teresa Espinosa (who also worked on the Magic Mike movies) will be choreographing the dances. So far, nothing to hate about any of this.
After making his announcement Wednesday, Channing said:
“Even when I was actually stripping, it didn’t feel like it was for the women. It felt like it was more for the guy to go up and feel good about himself. It was like, ‘Hey, look at me.’ It was in the glam rock (era) where dudes thought they were rock stars, and they were sort of living out these fantasies.”
His acute awareness of the female experience and providing a space that is both sexy and actually feels female-friendly — as opposed to being basically a parade of male ego — is incredibly refreshing. Without his intention and direction the concept could easily devolve into a purely masturbatory performance (literally). But it seems with his guidance — and the influence of talented female choreographers — this show stands every chance of achieving its goal.
In regards to bridging the gap of a sexually-charged-yet-safe atmosphere, Channing said:
“We want to create a place for women that is their gentlemen’s club, their Playboy club. It shouldn’t be sleazy. You shouldn’t feel nervous to go there because you feel unsafe; we want to create the polar opposite of that.”
In case all of the refreshing dialogue coupled with a crew of handsome men dancing doesn’t draw you in, Tatum also tapped his target demographic by making a promotional video featuring the men of Magic Mike doing chores and playing with puppies.
OKAY, WE GET IT!