When he first watched US actor Channing Tatum perform strip shows to crowds of ecstatic women in the hit movie Magic Mike, he told his girlfriend: "I want to do that. The very next day, he researched online, auditioned for local party planning company Wicked Favors and got the job. The year-old Singaporean declined to reveal his real name and asked to be addressed by his stripper moniker Bradley. He admitted that Magic Mike, which revolves around the lives of a group of US male strippers, was the key reason he is living his fantasy. He told The New Paper in a face-to-face interview: "I've watched other stripper acts, but Magic Mike has that special aura. I was mesmerised by their dancing and their ability to drive women wild. My self-confidence has really improved since I took up this job and I also find it easier to interact with people. Bradley said many of his street dance moves are inspired by Magic Mike.
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The world of male stripping isn't all adoration, sexual perks and easy money, as Francesca Steele finds out when she meets a few of the industry's titans. When asked recently about the allure of being a male stripper, Channing Tatum, who plays one in the upcoming film Magic Mike, laughed and said, "Money, girls and a good time". Why do men strip? Why the hell not?
Most of us are sexual hypocrites. We consume porn and visit strip clubs while loudly condemning the nature and morality of the people working in these industries. Female strippers, for example, are largely still viewed as examples of failed parenting. By contrast, male strippers—albeit a group existing in much smaller numbers—have largely been exempt from our societal admonishment. When Magic Mike debuted to squealing audiences in , the film brought male exotic dancing to the forefront and positioned the industry as something other than a comedic punchline. And although Magic Mike and its sequel introduced male strippers to the mainstream, men have been taking their clothes off for cash long before Channing Tatum and his band of sweaty bros made a softcore film for America's intrepid soccer moms.