Social media is divided over whether strippers should bring their kids to their place of twerk.
An Arizona strip club manager sparked a heated online debate about parenting after revealing that she brings her toddler son to her place of business. A clip of her controversial bring-your-kid-to-work policy has racked up 1.1 million views since it was uploaded late last month.
“When people get offended that your son is a skripclub baby, but he loves it and is loved,” wrote Nini Suarez — who goes by @whatsuarez on the platform — in the caption for the divisive clip, which depicts the StripTokker’s kid running wild at her undisclosed jiggle joint.
In the divisive 12-second footage, the tyke is seen being held by various strippers and even crawling onto the stage. A prior video with over 200,000 views shows the inquisitive tot on the platform watching a scantily clad sexhibitionist circumnavigate the pole.
The clip received overwhelmingly positive reactions, with one approving viewer writing that “he will respect all women” later in life.
“Now that’s a village I would be comfortable with raising kids,” commented another on the former stripper’s child-care choice.
Others theorized that her son is ironically safer at the strip club than at a day-care center as the former has a lot tighter security.
“Please buy him a onesie that says ‘security’ on the back,” suggested one enthralled gawker.
However, others weren’t so enamored with Suarez bringing a child to the workplace.
“Yeah maybe let’s not do this,” said one critic. “I was one of those kids now I hate my parents for it so hmmmmmm.”
Another naysayer wrote, “All I can think about is germs in places like this.”
One detractor commented that if they can’t go behind the bar at 17, then a toddler shouldn’t be able to, either.
Suarez has since addressed haters in a follow-up video, in which she explained that, contrary to what’s indicated in the video, her son doesn’t run amok in the strip club during business hours.
“When I bring him to work, there’s that door,” the strip club boss said, motioning to an enclosed area behind the stage. “He does not go past this area. He’s not around on the customer’s floors when there’s alcohol being served, and he’s not allowed inside the club until all the customers are gone and all alcohol is pulled.”
Suarez admitted that her boy loves going into the locker room with the exotic dancers, because “the ladies absolutely love him.”
She concluded the video by giving a shout-out to strippers with kids.
“One thing I also want to address is: strippers are mothers,” Suarez proclaimed. “And they love hard like they love their own children.”
The ex-stripper added that it “shouldn’t be anybody’s business” whether she works at a desk or a strip club.
Suarez is one of many in her field taking to TikTok to strip away misconceptions surrounding their oft-stigmatized profession.
In the stereotype-shattering phenomenon, dubbed “StripTok,” exotic dancers explain to their followers what really goes on behind the stripper pole.
In one of the viral vids, a stripper name Sky Hopscotch was seen counting a stack of cash she earned “crawling around onstage” for work.
“While that might look degrading to you, it isn’t to me,” she said, noting that she has no student debt, pays taxes and — having no 9-to-5 job — can take her offspring to Disneyland during the day.
“The other great thing about this money is half of it came from your dad,” the stripper joked with a wink.