Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Duke's Insularity grows with On Campus Stripper Show


“If our students did what is alleged, it is appalling to the worst degree. If they didn’t do it, whatever they did is bad enough.” Duke President Richard Brodhead

So spoke the President of Duke at the start of the Duke Lacrosse Hoax/Frame. The moral indignation of Duke's Administration & Faculty over the hiring of two exotic dancers by the Lacrosse team was strident in March-April 2006.

Karla F.C. Holloway, a professor of English and African-American studies at Duke, published a reflection on the incident titled "Coda: Bodies of Evidence" her on-line essay is described in this article, Duke's Tenured Vigilantes by the Weekly Standard.

Karla Holloway's online essay was replete with imagery derived from this lurid antebellum template. She described the accuser and her fellow stripper as "kneeling" in "service to" white male "presumption of privilege," and as "bodies available for taunt and tirade, whim and whisper" in "the subaltern spaces of university life and culture." On April 13, Wahneema Lubiano, a Duke literature professor, wrote in another online article, "I understand the impulse of those outraged and who see the alleged offenders as the exemplars of the upper end of the class hierarchy, the politically dominant race and ethnicity, the dominant gender, the dominant sexuality, and the dominant social group on campus."

One would think that Duke would have learned its lesson from the humiliation of its handling of this affair. However we have learned to never under estimate the insularity of Duke. So while the nation watched the Super Bowl Sunday night 300 Duke students and faculty members watched a sex worker's "Art" Show

Sex Workers Art Show at the Duke's Reynolds Theater
Jay Schain of the John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy gave us the details of the Sex Show.

The performers did not just take their clothes off – and the actual nudity part of the show was rather tame. But mere nudity could hardly compare with a show that began with the Art Show’s founder and announcer, Annie Oakley, imploring the audience to stand up and shout “I take it up the butt!” Some other highlights, or lowlights if you prefer, included:

A transvestite, naked except for some strategically placed tape, with the words “F___ Bush” painted on his chest, kneeled on all fours and lit a sparkler protruding out of his rectum with “America the Beautiful” playing.

A bare-breasted stripper sang a lewd song about Saint Bridget of Ireland, with lyrics mocking the act of ascension as she climbed to the top of a stripper’s pole.

A stripper, in the guise of a U.S. flag-draped Lady Justice, emptied coins out of her scales, pulled dollar bills out of her clothes as she removed them, and yanked a string of dollar bills out of her posterior as the sound system played Dolly Parton’s version of “God Bless the U.S.A.” She ended her act by saluting and holding up her middle finger to the crowd. The announcer referred to it as her “Infamous Patriot Act.” Her most private area was kept covered by a small American flag.

A porn actress read a series of prose-poems. In one, entitled “Spit,” she described how another actress spit into her eye and then licked it out. Another, called “Staph,” was about an infection on her genitals.

A dominatrix donned a large, “strap-on” male sex organ, and pretended to masturbate while the crowd was urged to shout “faster, faster,” in Chinese.


So where was the Administration? Kenneth Larrey, President of the Duke Students for an Ethical Duke, sought an answer.

According to Larrey, Duke president Richard Brodhead “appeared to act as if he didn’t want to know” when Larrey tried to bring up the apparent contradiction between the school’s action’s and the regulations against the hiring of strippers. Larrey said provost Peter Lange spoke to him several days before the show and said that the organizers went through the correct processes for the Sex Workers to appear on campus, and that it would be “censorious” to rescind the school’s permission at that point. He also said that there was a big difference between the Sex Workers Art Show and the hiring of strippers by the Duke lacrosse team in 2006. Larrey did not say whether the provost specified what that difference was. Larrey also contacted the campus police on the day of the event to check on whether the policy would be enforced. He was informed that the show was sanctioned by the college.

LieStoppers applauds Duke Students for an Ethical Duke. Ken Larrey has become a voice of reason for Duke students. We urge our readers to check their Blog frequently for new updates. There are rumours of video clips!

As for those Duke Faculty members who sponsored this sex show we are reminded of the words of Napoleon the Pig in Animal Farm by George Orwell.

"All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others."

Hat Tip: Ken Larrey, Jay Schain

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

While most of us were being thrilled by the Super Bowl these students were at Duke's cultural toliet bowl. I thought I had heard it all about Duke, but this is simply unvelievable.

Anonymous said...

He also said that there was a big difference between the Sex Workers Art Show and the hiring of strippers by the Duke lacrosse team in 2006.

WHAT FUCKING DIFFERENCE??? Oh wait; the innocent students go to jail for exercising free speech. That's the difference!

Anonymous said...

Many words, all appropriate, have come to mind regarding the Sex Workers Art Show at Duke.

Adding "insularity" to the list brings a whole new train of thought.

Duke's continued inexplicable brazen audacity, arrogance, hypocrisy can actually be understood as a result of this sense of insularity.

Just like Nifong, they honestly believe no law, rule, standard, code of conduct or even basic notion of common sense applies to them.

Like Nifong, they have some insane sense of power and invincibility.

And just as Nifong underestimated the decency of the Duke students he attempted to frame, Duke continues to underestimate them.

Nifong was eventually called to account and I believe Duke will be as well. The only remaining question is how much Duke will be damaged before it is truly over.

don t. said...

When you exist in the middle of a cesspool, some rubs off. Duke is undergoing a metamorphasis (or has already) and the only salvation now will be the departure of first and foremost brodhead and his administrative minions. Then about 25% of the faculty and lastly a goodly portion of the bot apparently. And that ain't gonna happen. I honestly believe that if every Duke parent and every alumnus rose up in massive protest, it would have absolutely no effect on these clowns. They are in power now and in their little bubble, they do not give a rat's patoot what we think. Don't like it?? What the hell are you gonna do about it???

trinity60

Anonymous said...

wake up people, what more do you need to show the depravity and blatant attempts to show the world durham is leading america down the garden path to hell. what more do you expect from a government that looks the other way, and knows what goes on? it goes all the way to the top, people need to tell some tales and to hell with fear of speaking the truth!

Anonymous said...

I watched the video and can't help but feel that the woman with the strap on dildo represented the gang of 88 faculty members and the young man with the leash represented DICK Broadhead. The whole relationship in a nutshell. As a matter of fact Crystal Mangum gave the video two thumbs up. However she refused to say where those thumps have been.

Anonymous said...

the entire power structure exists on money made black market, and the numerous companies and goverment people who watch this site knows it to. they are watching to see what we know and who is going to come out and tell what the hell is really going on.

Read these with a warning they are not pornographic, but more visual to see for yourself and all you people watching to do something!

warning very graphic adult only

http://www.gnn.tv/threads/13788/Concentration_Camp_for_Organ_Harve
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here are more truths and all you have to do is use google and find out just what is going on and by our own government is shocking

http://www.heuni.fi/uploads/66hiqubodt0rb.pdf

http://www.yourlawyer.com/articles/read/11533
durham is just a pitstop in the chain

Anonymous said...

Imagine instead, your child or loved one MURDERED, and not only does it take Law Enforcement over a YEAR to send ONE single report, they LIE to you from the beginning, and not only REFUSE to do any investigating, but fail to adhere to ANY role of conduct and protocol, then threaten you and LAUGH at you?!



Yes, I have the utmost sympathy for the team, but let us not forget just how many OTHER cases have been corrupted by the exact same system! WHAT has been done to answer and solve the murders of my brother, Janet Araboa, and Michelle Young?! What voices have they now they are dead?!



Where is the outrage, and public and media attention for our families?! Nifong is by far the only knave on the long list of miscreant marauders who care nothing about rights of citizens, and care only for what is in "their" best interest! Wake up people and ask why the Department of Justice has not intervened, and why do our nations leaders just watch and do nothing about an abjectly corrupt and politically ran city?!



I never would have imagined what I now know, and am sick that nobody has taken our pleas, and heard our cries! Our loved ones not just dead, but murdered, and we will never see them hear them, or feel their touch ever again! Unfair?! Unjust?! Impossible?! The cesspool of corruption flows deep into a murky quagmire of wickedness that should expose our own government for allowing it to continue!



True and REAL crimes against humanity ranging from organized crime and drugs, to kidnapping, slavery, prostitution, and murders for global sale of body parts! Google human trafficking in organs, and learn exactly what is going on behind closed doors "the powers that be" never want to see opened! The reality is not only horrific and unimaginable, it IS happening every single day across the world, and Durham is just one of the many links in this chain of the grisly, dark underworld!



I have fought for nearly 3 years to restore my beloved best friend's respect, and JUSTICE he, and all of the others desperately deserve, and will never quit until something is done and things are changed! NOBODY deserves what mine and countless other families have endured, and for us I am begging the people and media to make a difference and care about all of the other serious matters that have fallen to the wayside for needless years!



Rhonda Fleming

Cleveland Ohio

Sister of Allen Jackson Croft Jr, murdered May 11, 2005 in Durham NC

STILL praying for "JUSTICE!"

Anonymous said...

Imagine instead, your child or loved one MURDERED, and not only does it take Law Enforcement over a YEAR to send ONE single report, they LIE to you from the beginning, and not only REFUSE to do any investigating, but fail to adhere to ANY role of conduct and protocol, then threaten you and LAUGH at you?!



Yes, I have the utmost sympathy for the team, but let us not forget just how many OTHER cases have been corrupted by the exact same system! WHAT has been done to answer and solve the murders of my brother, Janet Araboa, and Michelle Young?! What voices have they now they are dead?!



Where is the outrage, and public and media attention for our families?! Nifong is by far the only knave on the long list of miscreant marauders who care nothing about rights of citizens, and care only for what is in "their" best interest! Wake up people and ask why the Department of Justice has not intervened, and why do our nations leaders just watch and do nothing about an abjectly corrupt and politically ran city?!



I never would have imagined what I now know, and am sick that nobody has taken our pleas, and heard our cries! Our loved ones not just dead, but murdered, and we will never see them hear them, or feel their touch ever again! Unfair?! Unjust?! Impossible?! The cesspool of corruption flows deep into a murky quagmire of wickedness that should expose our own government for allowing it to continue!



True and REAL crimes against humanity ranging from organized crime and drugs, to kidnapping, slavery, prostitution, and murders for global sale of body parts! Google human trafficking in organs, and learn exactly what is going on behind closed doors "the powers that be" never want to see opened! The reality is not only horrific and unimaginable, it IS happening every single day across the world, and Durham is just one of the many links in this chain of the grisly, dark underworld!