Channing Tatum has set out as a public service to help balance the scales of objectifaction with his new Magic Mike Live male strip show, that opened in Las Vegas last month.
The original movie did well with gay audiences, but the sequel Magic Mike XXL, not as much. Whether the Vegas revue is appealing to gay men remains to be seen.
Tatum explained the inspiration for the live show.
“I had a friend that had a girlfriend who went to Vegas and went to some of the male revues there and she didn’t tell my buddy about it and he’s like, ‘Why didn’t you tell me?’ She was embarrassed. She was like, ‘I don’t know, it just wasn’t cool,’ We just thought, let’s go make something cool. Let’s go make something really for you guys and hopefully we’re going to be able to do that.”
Tatum says he’ll remain in a producer only role, unless he gets back into shape. Then he may hit the stage.
“As you know, I have no issues getting naked.”
These guys either, we can hope.