It seems like every time you turn around, some big star is doing a lap dance.
In her upcoming movie "We're the Millers," Jennifer Aniston plays a lap dancing stripper who poses as a suburban mom.
At the Billboard Music Awards Sunday night, Nicki MInaj did a personal dance for Lil Wayne that stretched the limits of family entertainment.
Even on wholesome as hummus "Ellen," Miley Cyrus was treated to a lap dance from a hunky male stripper, echoing "Magic Mike," last year's mainstream movie about a male stripper.
Considering that in the early days of TV, married couples on sitcoms were shown sleeping in separate single beds, the seeming acceptance of lap dancing as every day entertainment shows how far Hollywood has come in defining new sexual norms.
What used to be called dirty dancing became popularized by child Disney stars like Britney Spears, who made risqué dancing a routine part of her concert appearances and music videos when she retired her mouse ears. A writer for Newsweek described the transition a decade ago, noting, "The former Mousketeer has morphed from a schoolgirl heartthrob to a lap-dance fantasy."
But the trend may have started even earlier with movies like "Showgirls," an erotic film about a stripper that was released in neighborhood theaters almost twenty years ago. Though the film did poorly at the box office back then, it has since achieved cult status in the home DVD market.
Though lap dancing has come a long way since it was hidden behind the closed doors of strip clubs catering to men, some movie directors are still cautious about showing such overtly sexual material. Julianne Hough's lap dance scene with Tom Cruise was cut from "Rock of Ages" just last year. The sister of "Dancing with the Stars" Derek Hough explained on "Live! With Kelly" last June, "It got caught because apparently mothers didn't like Sherrie Christian after that. It was a little too hot and steamy and sexy."
As for Aniston and Minaj, the jury is still out on their recent steamy dance routines. US magazine's headline dubbed the diva's awards show dance routine "awkward," while some commenters on the web are calling Aniston's sexy antics "desperate."
What do you think? Should lap dancing be mainstream entertainment or has the movie and music industry gone too far?
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