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Burlesque Movie Inspires Burlesque Performer To Call It Quits

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Kiki Valentine will NOT be happy to hear about Burlesque's Golden Globe nomination!

Burlesque performer Valentine is hanging up her fishnets after two years performing her Sunday Night Show at Ella Lounge in the East Village in NYC, because she doesn't want to be associated with the movie Burlesque.

Here's what she had to say about it:

“What do I do in my show you wouldn’t see in that movie? Burlesque!”

LOLs. Valentine and other performers aren't happy with the movie because they say it was poorly researched and doesn't properly represent the actual world of burlesque.

More from Valentine:

“Burlesque is a way to parody things that are going on in our lives. My show is very political in its nature. I also make fun of America’s obsession with celebrity. Even in the film Cabaret, they’re making fun of the Nazis. [Burlesque] just misses the mark with that title. They could’ve called it something else. Maybe The Adventures of Cher and Christina.

Here's what DeeDee Luxe, another long-time burlesque performer had to say about the film:

“It had nothing to do with burlesque, and that’s a shame because people will see it and say, ‘Oh, that’s burlesque.' It’s definitely not educating anyone.”

And here's Valentine on her concern that the movie will discourage women from doing the art form in the future:

“The beautiful thing about burlesque is that women of all body types and shapes and sizes and colors are empowering themselves through the art form. My concern is more that people will see the movie and think they have to lose 10 pounds before they can do burlesque.”

We knew the movie had issues, but to more-or-less accuse the movie of destroying burlesque as an art form? Ouch!

We wonder if the filmmakers will have anything to say TO THAT!


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69 comments to “Burlesque Movie Inspires Burlesque Performer To Call It Quits”

  1. 1

    Why quit? Keep performing real burlesque to show people how it's really done.

  2. 2

    what an idiot. Someone is bitter.

  3. 3

    the movie was brilliant, xtina is great making her debut and cher is amazing as ever as well as kristen bell. go see it people, fun romantic frothy entertainment with cool songs too.

  4. 4


  5. 5

    Pathetic..if she really loved her job she would try and prove people wrong not just pout and give up and just say a movie portrayed it wrong wah wah wah. What a stupid story.

  6. 6

    Mario you are such a miserable human being, but i will admit you are geting very creative with your passive agressive attacks on Chirstina. Fail!!

  7. 7

    Hahahahaha the adventures of Cher and Christina. They should keep doing it, encourage someone to do a documentary on it and call it Burlesque: The Art The Girls, And the Performance. LOL or something like that.

  8. 8

    OMG perez I hope she kicks your ass like will i am.

  9. 9

    ummm…if the movie is wrong is so many ways…why quit? why not keep it going to show what it "really" is?

  10. cymro says – reply to this


    what is your problem with christina aguilera? you said you were giving up bullying but now you bully in a passive-aggressive way. you've not changed at all. and posting pics of kesha the other day but not accepting any guilt… and knocking her at every chance as well……… disgusting.

  11. 11

    who fucking cares? i wonder if the survivors of titanic (if theres any) will come out from their graves to complain and point out how the movie is not accurate to the actual events.

  12. 12

    I thought you were a bit Dita fan? If you were then you'd know Ms Valentine is right. The movie just takes all of the costumes and puts cookie cutter popular culture hot chicks in them. The actual art is about the women themselves, the performers and the wit and class they bring to often naughty productions. There was none of that in the film. Maybe you're just a fan of Dita's clothes after all, sad.

  13. Laury says – reply to this


    That's just stupid. The movie sucked (even though all Xtina fans will say it was OMG THE BEST MOVIE EVERRRR!), but quitting your job over it? If you want people to know what burlesque REALLY is, then just keep doing your damn show.

  14. 14

    LMAO! PEREZ!!! How mad are you right now?!!? AHHAHAHA Trying so hard to down play the fact that the movie got 3 Golden Globe Nods? HAHAHA Perez you are so pathetic. Burlesque was amazing. Public agrees.

    It's so amazing to see you so desperately squandering.

  15. 15

    I bet if those bitches were offered major money to have a role in that movie "Burlesque" they would have done it hands down…They wouldn't have cared if it wasn't portrayed correctly. And for them to quit? Because of that movie people are more interested and would want to go see real live shows but now who are they going to watch?….NOT YOU!!! hahahahaahah

  16. 16

    I don't understand her logic. Why quit because some crappy movie doesn't portray it correctly? Why not keep doing it to show the real art of burlesque? You can show how it's really done. I don't see any cops quitting their job because some movie doesn't portray the job correctly. I know that's not that great of a comparison, but it's somewhat in the same vein. Her reason for quitting is so stupid.

  17. 17

    From what I've seen, some of these "performers" could stand to lose 10 pounds.

  18. 18

    Re: Laury – the only one who suck cock is you motherfucker you always here you are a patetic disgusting pig!!

  19. 19

    Burlesque is a great movie. I saw it twice & bought the soundtrack. Critics need to stop hacking it to pieces. What were they expecting? The Sound of Music? The girl is only like 28. It was her first film, for fuck's sake!

  20. 20

    agreed with the burlesque dancers. the movie is very disappointing for those who love actual burlesque. it's like… moulin rouge meets pop songs meets the movie 'make it happen'

  21. 21

    xtina + Cher =clitie licker homerecking ho. change the red lipstick and god awful straw hair .clown face is out.autotune ho

  22. 22

    like some most of the notable OSCAR Winning films / nominees are like the most accurate films in the history of cinema??

    Braveheart? (far from accurate) THE SOUND OF MUSIC? (far from accurate) TITANIC? ( far from accurate )? Elizabeth: The Golden Age? (fcuked up) A Beautiful Mind? Russel Crowe as "Schizophrenic" John NAsh ( WRONG ) or Julie Andrews as MAria -the coolest stepmom in the world ( NO TRUE ).

    I dont understand her logic really. Ah well…some people are just way overly too dramatic than the rest :)

  23. 23

    My feelings are…Buy why not use it for what it's worth. It will bring people to your show and you can still teach and inspire. Turn it into something good. The intelligent never look at a movie as assume that it has any basis in reality anyway. But what it is, is good publicity. USE IT.

  24. 24

    Just for the record I think both Christina and Cher are incredibly strong women, wonderful role models and much better singers than I am. They are both iconic and immensely talented performers whom I respect and admire. Integrity goes a long, long way in "showbiz". And did everyone see Cher's Academy Award winning performance in Moonstruck? Yes.

    Thanks for taking note of my story, Perez. Keep up the good work. I'll write you in to my new "One-ish Woman Show". Can you juggle? Look me up when you're in the Big Apple.

  25. 25

    I am a huge fan of burlesque and the entire culture.

    Was she right? Yes.

    Will she quit? No. Of course not. It was dramatics making statement. She -is- a burlesque performer after all.

  26. 26

    I wished i was watching the movie "Showgirls" or any crap movie with Denise Richards, because it would of been far more entertaining than that garbage. That movie was absolutely boring and painful, not even good enuf to be considered 'fluff'.
    I couldnt get out of the theater fast enuf. Thank god I didnt actually pay to see it! Besides NOT being burlesque, it was just a shitty movie. So who the **** gives a ****. Oh yea, all u "X-tine Agrivagina" followers… It was hollywood taking your money you idiots. No burlesque. No brains.

  27. Laury says – reply to this


    So I'm a disgusting pig. Yeah, okay. Whatever. Go back to your Christina fantasy world where you're still living in 2002 when Christina was actually popular and shut the fuck up.

  28. 28

    Sounds to me like these women are jealous that they weren't asked to be in the movie. Burlesque means different things to different people. Remember the episode of I Love Lucy when they did Burlesque? That was entirely different. Get over yourselves ladies, I loved the movie. If you don't like it, you're certainly entitled to feel that way.

  29. 29

    Re: DeeDee Luxe – There's nothing worse than a bitter hater with bad grammar. If you didn't like the movie, fine, you're certainly entitled to your opinion. So go spread your opinion about something a little more important than a movie. Just because you didn't like it doesn't mean that nobody liked it. I thought it was a great entertaining movie and purchased the soundtrack as well. You actually sound more angry than the women complaining about the "real" act of burlesque.

  30. 30

    Aww she shouldn't feel discouraged and quit. The movie isn't even doing well lol. No one wants to really see it coz they know its bullcrap. I love Christina but cmon.
    I respect that burlesque is about all body shapes too. That I did not know and I respect that. Woman come in different sizes and its so cruel to say one is better than the other. if ur big ur too big if ur skinny ur too skinny. Thts crap coz some ppl are naturally larger and some are naturally petite.

    Girl show them what real Burlesque is about not some D film!

  31. 31

    Tron- I can't wait to watch it!!! Black Swan was .. woah crazy. Way to go Natalie and Mila!!! Best Actress goes to Natalie!!!

  32. 32

    Oh well I liked the movie and that's all it matters to me Thank you.

  33. 33

    lol some irrelevant burlesque dance quits dancing because Godtina shit on every other Burlesque performer in the world…who cares? WHAT TRULY MATTERS IS THAT BURLESQUE HAS BEEN NOMINATED FOR 3 GOLDEN GLOBES THIS YEAR, AND IS CURRENTLY A BOX OFFICE SUCCESS!!!!!! XTINA FANS LET'S REJOICE AND CELEBRATE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  34. 34

    Movies always over glamorize everything. Who cares about some girl crying.

  35. 35

    Well DUH, this is Hollywood! They always sugar coat movies or events to make them appeal to the masses. Disney movies for example do this shit all the time (Pocahantas, The Road to El Dorado anyone?). If this whiny dumb bitch really cared about her passion and job so much then why'd she quit over some movie? *eye roll* Some people are so dumb. SMH.

  36. 36

    Re: TheBestRedDress – Best comment.

  37. 37


  38. 38

    omg thats lame, it's just a movie

  39. 39

    Who cares. The movie looks like a piece of shit and should be ignored.

  40. 40

    I completly understand where she is coming from it's exactly the same with other art forms. Example hip hop dance is exploited and basically becomes anything on film. Hip hop dance is bboying (breakdance) and party moves done in a social gathering to hip hop music (the wop, the bart simpson, the robocop, the running man etc) Pooping and locking were created in the West coast and are only linked to hip hop because of the timing and that they were born out the street but are not hip hop dance in anyway.

    And also you can't expect classically trained dancers to all of sudden be able to do hip hop dance. It's about groove and feeling the music which is complete opposite to how they need to hold their bodies for their dance. But the movies make you think anyone can learn and any dance step dressed in baggies and a hat to da back is hip hop.

    Frustrating but she shouldn't quit!!

  41. auds says – reply to this


    Since when has burlesque ever been an educational thing? LOL. This person is a crack pot.

  42. 42

    suckersss….loooosersss….. these bitches and PIGASS HOLEton are jealous,cause the movie is a HIT(it picked 3 Golden Globe nominations and I'm sure it will gonna pick an Oscar), Christina,Cher,Kristen Bell are talented successful rich Divas,they enoy life anf fame……. so don't show your jealousy,looosers

  43. 43

    dont let the door hit ya where the good lord split ya, see ya, bye.

  44. 44

    LOLz! Quit-just to get into the newspapers. no real dancer would give up their passion just for giving a statement about some film. and i can't understand why Burlesque dancers are so angry. The film is just the interpretation of Burlesque so I guess everyone has their own opinion about Burlesque. obviously the art of Burlesque is also about striptease but they apparently can't put that into a film cuz those scenes would all have to be cut out!! and the same with parody-if they did make parodies like Nazi stuff the film would probably not be shown at all! Wake up guys, obviously they have to stick to the rules and even if it doesn't show Burlesque art, no one ever said that it did! get over it.

  45. 45

    I guess since the titles "Cabaret" and "Showgirls" were already taken they went with "Burlesque." :/
    There was no actual burlesque in the film, however, I was pleasntly surprised with how good X-Tina's acting was.

  46. 46

    you mad, mario? christina just got a golden globe nomination…

  47. Dale says – reply to this


    who cares what those burlesque nobodys have to say! keep on hating dumb ass.

  48. 48

    Re: queen_lara

    He must be lol.
    As someone else commented, he is getting good at being pasive agresive.
    First mario said that the movie was a fail. Did he check how much the movie made so far? almost 33 million

  49. 49

    This doesn't make any sense. Quiting just because the movie isn't properly representing the actual burlesque? That's just stupid. Why not prove your point and stay with your job. And these haters are just so pathetic. By the way Mario, Christina got a Golden Globe Nomination, so HA.

  50. 50

    I commented below the article in the Post online. Of a 45 minute interview I did with the reporter, 30 seconds of my comments are included. they don't misrepresent me but they are not the full picture of what I think. I told the reporter I am actually grateful for the movie–because of it, Christina Aguilera.com posted me teaching how we do burlesque in NYC on her website. That would never have happened otherwise. I said this to the reporter when I was interviewed. I also said that anything that got people googling burlesque was good for us. The clip I was shown looked more like cabaret than burlesque. The article and the quotes in it are designed to fit the headline. I'm a huge fan of Aguilera and many of the other people in the movie. I don't resent the movie and am not bitter about it and am not horrified that it represents a different kind of show than we do although it isn't what the burlesque shows in which I have participated for decades look like. If you're curious, do a youtube search for New York Burlesque Festival to see what we do.

  51. 51

    Yes, this is the problem. Because Burlesque was considered such "high art" before this movie! hahahaha …. little more than soft-core porn, that's all it has ever been.

  52. 52

    Re: JoWeldon – I agree. Of course writers spin a story a certain way — it's the NY Post we're talking about here. To be honest I am grateful that the key points of body image and the concept of the art form were expressed. This message was expressed in the piece, and that is most important to me. Typically when you get ink in a tabloid rag, they miss something. They neglected to say that I will bring my show back, in some capacity, when the Slipper Room reopens as there really is not an appropriate venue for it at this time. This jeopardizes the integrity of my work as an artist, trying to fit my square peg into round holes, and the article doesn't mention that instead I will be focusing on a "One-ish Woman Show". I'm not bitter. I think Cher, Christina and the cast are immensely talented. However I do maintain that the title of the movie should have been something else. And congratulations on the Golden Globe nomination for "Best Picture, Comedy/Musical".

  53. 53

    Hahaha, Perez is so pressed cause BURLESQUE is successful and received 3 nominations at the Golden Globes.

  54. 54

    But its nominated to 3 GOLDEn GLOBES jejejeje.. you envy her Peggy HIlton

  55. 55

    I've seen the trailer…. All technique, uniformed, watered-down image, no content or artistic depth….

    Terrible !

  56. 56

    Re: sparky3434 – "Sounds to me like these women are jealous that they weren't asked to be in the movie"

    I think they are glad not to star in such shallow, cookiecutter drivel
    Why do so many always revert to "You're just jealous" ?

    The movie looks like utter, watered-down tripe

  57. 57

    Re: oxcarlima – "3 GOLDEn GLOBES"

    That's cringeworthy ! lol

    WHO are the judges ?

    Same with music nominations

    It seems it's getting lamer each year ????

  58. 58

    Tey are right. This Movie isn't really about Burlesque ART. But I enjoyed it fur the One and Only Diva…But If you guys want to see real Burlesque , try to find "Tournée" from french director and acteur Mathieu Amalric (seen in James Bond). That's what you can call Burlesque stage numbers.

  59. 59

    Re: MichCine – Yes! They really need to bring Tournee to the states. Its a real shame if they dont.

  60. 60

    Re: sparky3434Re: sparky3434 – If you think were allowed to have our opinion about the movie, then why are u trashing us for having one. Clearly, u have an opinion that u loved the movie. Thats great. Hopefully you remember the scene with Alan Cummings. It was absolutely the highlight and he as always was fantastic. It showed a taste of vaudeville, and its too bad there wasnt more of that in the film.

  61. 61

    Ugh… why are people so eager to sue/blame/sell a story these days??
    It's a movie, lady - get over it.
    Are you satisfied now that your name was tagged with Christina's for a day in your google search?
    People can be so pathetic.

  62. 62

    So tired of people constantly talking about the idea of what's "real"…

    this is what defines a real man, this is what defines a real woman… this is what defines real Burlesque…

    Just shut up and live and let live… most people don't care about burlesque in the first place.

  63. 63

    Re: DeeDee Luxe – It's when people are mean and vicious with their opinions (like you) that I don't like. If you don't like the movie, then just say it without being such a hater. Don't call it crap, garbage, boring and painful like you did. And calling Xtina childish names like you did just makes you look ridiculous and childish. I'm certainly hoping that you're only 15 years old, because if not and you are an adult, you have some real problems.

  64. 64

    I'd say no matter what anyone says about this movie it's still a huge pile of shit

  65. 65

    Re: sparky3434 – Hey Sparky, I absolutely would like to apologize about the x-tine name twist. I was with a group of friends having wine and we were being goofy and very inappropriate when posting that. That wasnt cool. I still stand by my 'opinion' of the movie. If you liked the movie as you claim to, hopefully you will be inspired to check out some actual live burlesque shows. I think you would really enjoy it and for sure have a blast!

  66. 66

    Christina Aguilera sales soar by 400%

  67. 67

    someones mad because his hate mail is not working anymore.

  68. 68

    As producer of the Australian Burlesque Festival and someone who has performed burlesque around the world for 10 years I think this movie is a fantastic opportunity for our scene. I loved the film and I believe it will open our classes, shows and events to wider audience so I have been working with Sony Pictures in collaboration to promote the film in Australia… www.misssapphira.com

  69. 69

    I haven't even seen the movie yet, and I feel that regardless of what the movie portrays, it's still going to get people interested in Burlesque. It was never a mainstream night-out for everyone during that time period. It was a mens-club thing.

    I feel it's also important to note that this is set in the future. Everyone involved in the film worked really hard to bring the concept of Burlesque and the seemingly old into a new, fresh, mainstream setting. The goal of the movie was to modernize the idea of Burlesque, and put it into a Hollywood musical.

    They had no intentions of trying to make "Showgirls 2" or "Cabaret: THE SEQUEL".