With the Republican convention around the corner a Tampa Bay strip club figured it would cater to the influx of conservatives by hiring a new batch of dancers including a Sarah Palin lookalike to headline. Of course.
Jezebel offers some of the details on the hire. The Palin impersonator is adult film star Lisa Ann who played Sarah Palin in several pornographic movies about Palin. In addition to the new hire, Tampa Bay strip clubs are upping capacity, setting up online chat rooms to that potential convention attendees can browse ahead of the convention and see the women they might want to watch dance in a month.
Of course the hire, and the dancer, is not directly affiliated with the convention. And really, hiring a Palin lookalike to dance for a bunch of Republican delegates and operatives is nothing if not a savvy business decision.
But the reason it’s a savvy business decision is because of the extent that Republicans, including Palin herself, objectify the former vice presidential nominee. The Palin impostor hire only works if her subject is seen as something less than an autonomous person, which about sums up conservatives views on women to start.
Plus, there’s something just so true about the image of a bunch of old white guys shoving money in the thong of a topless dancer who looks exactly like one of the “leaders” of the women in the conservative movement. I mean, really. Could we find a more perfect metaphor?
Photo from DonkeyHotey via flickr.