Pole-Dancing with the Stars; More Actresses Playing Strippers


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Pole dancing with the stars. It seems that more and more well-known actresses are stripping down for roles. But are they losing more than their clothes? Are they losing respect for their craft?

Take Jennifer Aniston for instance. The comedy We’re the Millers made $100 million this summer, buoyed in large part by the promise of Jennifer Aniston’s glistening abs and pole dancing skills in her stripper role.

Critics, especially males, were hard on her.

“For young actresses to disrobe in exchange for attention is tradition,” Kyle Smith wrote in the New York Post‘s review. “For 44-year-olds, it’s desperation.”

Mick LaSalle was a little more forgiving in the San Francisco Chronicle: “It’s not that she doesn’t look good — actually, she looks great — but there’s an age at which silly and flamboyant display makes emotional and aesthetic sense, and whatever that age is, it’s really, really young.”

Then Oscar winner, Gwyneth Paltrow is sharing quite a bit in her new flick coming out Thanks for Sharing. She strips down to black lace lingerie and grinds against a wall, for her sex-addict boyfriend.

So what do you think? Should actresses, well-known ones, middle-aged ones, play strippers? It’s not like this is something new. Jessica Alba, Jessica Biel, Natalie Portman, Lindsay Lohan, Demi Moore, Marisa Tomei, Salma Hayek, Kristen Stewart, Rose McGowan, and Halle Berry are just a few actresses who have taken it off for a role.

Here’s my take. I’m all about a woman being sexual and playing different roles. However, where’s the motivation? Is it to add character depth or upsurge your career? As long as stripper roles are being written, actresses are going to have to play them. And at the end of the day, Sex Sells.

And that’s today’s helping of The Online Dish with Maggie.


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