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:

├óΓé¼┼ôIt had nothing to do with burlesque, and that├óΓé¼Γäós a shame because people will see it and say, ├óΓé¼╦£Oh, that├óΓé¼Γäós burlesque.’ It├óΓé¼Γäós definitely not educating anyone.├óΓé¼┬¥

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!


Dec 14, 2010 8:20pm PDT