weather icon Clear
RJ App
Vegas News, Alerts, ePaper

Burlesque dancer says she was fired over her weight, body shape

Burlesque dancers bare their bodies and they’ve got to have the self-confidence and pride to rule the stage so when one New Orleans dancer was let go recently she didn’t take it lightly. Instead, she’s using the publicity to speak out against body shaming in burlesque.

“I’ve been doing burlesque in New Orleans for five, six years.” For the last year, Ruby Rage has been part of The Blue Book show, led by Bella Blue at Lucky Pierre’s on Bourbon Street. “I’ve never had any negative feedback at all whatsoever from Bella or the venue.”

So when she was told she was no longer welcome to perform there she was shocked. Then she learned why. “Bella proceeded to tell me that there had been changes in upper management and she was dealing with a crew with several men that had a certain viewpoint of what a body type should be in a burlesque show,” says Rage.

She didn’t fit the bill, so Bella Blue could no longer book her at the club. No one from Lucky Pierre’s ever spoke to her directly and she hasn’t reached out to management, but what is clear is that Ruby Rage has been seriously underestimated.

“I have had this happen before, I have been told ‘Oh sorry, you can’t do a gig because of your weight’ you know it’s one of those things, you show up to an interview, you interview for a spot and you don’t get it, no big deal. It’s not about me losing the job, it’s not about me losing the gig, it’s about someone saying I’m too big to do burlesque, I don’t fit a certain body image to do burlesque and that is wrong. Burlesque is accepting of men, women, different genders, transgendered, it does not matter.”

It’s taken even more courage than ever before to come forward with her story, but the response has been overwhelming.

“The amount of women that have reached out to me and have told me like ‘you’re my hero’ it hit close to home for a lot of people and in my own community here in New Orleans a lot of people have supported me. Bella Blue has decided to pull the show from Lucky Pierre’s after a lot of the attention. I know a lot of people who work at Lucky Pierre’s have gotten backlash from this and it’s unnecessary for employees that still work there to get harassed. I feel that if anyone wants to work there they should, I just wanted to make it known that this happened to me and it wasn’t right.”

Ruby Rage plans to keep performing on stage despite the negative experience, now with a new platform against body shaming in burlesque.

“You gotta just keep going and you got to use whatever happens to you as inspiration for something better that’s going to come,” she says.

Lucky Pierre’s has responded to the situation on their Facebook page but did not respond to our attempts to contact them.

Ruby Rage has teamed up once again with Bella Blue for a new project that will focus on body positivity. The first show will be at The Howlin’ Wolf Friday March 13, 2015, the second will be March 28, 2015. More information can be found at http://www.thebellalounge.com.

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
Susan G. Komen organization announces 30 grants

Susan G. Komen, the world’s leading breast cancer organization, has awarded 30 new grants to researchers at 18 leading institutions in the U.S. and Canada. The $14 million in grants support the organization’s mission to end breast cancer through funding two key focus areas: research to better detect and treat stage IV (metastatic) breast cancer and research to eliminate disparities in breast cancer outcomes.

Mob Month is back at the Clark County Library

For the fifth year the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District is making an offer some people find they can’t refuse. Mob Month is coming back to the Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road, with events Tuesday nights in January.

7 ways autocomplete can get smarter

Autocomplete is one of the best (or depending on how hastily you push ‘send’ – worst) things in the world. We rely on it so much that Google plans to let us autocomplete whole emails. Here are seven ways predictive input can improve. 1. Recognizing names from previous emails Jakub Kokoszka has a tough name to […]

Movie posters might soon be based on your clicks

You may have thought you left Blockbuster behind, but the basic way we browse movies hasn’t changed all that much. We peruse poster after poster, kind of like walking the aisles of a ‘90s-era video store. That one poster image, meant to appeal to as many people as possible, is often all we see before […]

What I’ll be covering at NAB 2018

The National Association of Broadcasters show kicks off this weekend in Las Vegas.  The show focuses on new and emerging technologies and trends in relation to the media and entertainment industries. As it’s not open to the public, I’ll be at the Las Vegas Convention Center on Saturday, Monday and Wednesday to share some of […]