Channing Tatum’s Magic Mike Live Show Intends to ‘Worship Women’
Being worshipped by Channing Tatum seems pretty okay to me, am
I right ladies????
Speaking to People
on the red carpet for the premiere of the Amazon series
Comrade Detective—a lot, I know—he said that the
show’s immense success is because it’s made for women. “We just
kind of did something that we thought was important, which was
actually make it for women, and not for women to come and
worship men,” he said in a statement that actually caused me to
reconsider how I felt about a seminal scene from Magic Mike
XXL, during which Joe Mangianello gets wildly
inappropriate with a soda bottle at a gas station.
Does the gas station attendant feel “worshipped?” Who knows!
The word “worship” conjures images of being carried about on
litters with palm fans and maybe someone feeding me very cold
Kit-Kats but I suppose Joe Mangianello giving a private show
for one in grey sweatpants and no shirt is basically the same
thing. Most of the performances in Magic Mike XXL are
beautiful and skeezy tributes to the wonders of the toned male
body and the extreme talents of the men gyrating for our
pleasure. Tatum’s intent with the Vegas show isn’t to make
women feel gross, I guess—it’s more about having a
“conversation” about sex and also breaking down any
pre-existing taboos about that conversation.
“Let’s not make it so like, ‘this should be dirty.’ It
shouldn’t be dirty. It doesn’t have to be. It can be the
right kind of dirty. It can be dirty if you want it to be
dirty, or it can be just like a good time fun where you don’t
feel like you need a shower afterward.”
I don’t know about you, but I’d say that watching this scene
would make me feel dirty and like I had a good time and like I
needed a shower at the end of it, but for all the right