- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Actress and fashion designer Amber Rose lamented a sexist double standard in the entertainment industry that she says treats her unfairly because she used to be an exotic dancer.

Ms. Rose, a self-proclaimed neo-feminist and author of “How to Be a Bad Bitch,” said she’s been the target of bigotry over the years because she’s a woman who used to strip.

“Brad Pitt used to sell chicken in a chicken costume on the corner. No one says, ‘Oh, you sell chicken for a living.’ No, he’s an actor. That’s what he does now,” she told The Huffington Post. “But for me, no matter how many TV shows, no matter how many movies I do, I’m always a stripper.”

“Look at Channing Tatum. He was a stripper just like me,” Ms. Rose continued. “No one says s—. He’s at the f—ing Oscars. He’s at the Vanity Fair party. You know what I’m saying?”

“No one cares,” she said, “because he’s a man. They’re never going to care.”

“Mr. [Tatum] embraced the fact that he was a stripper and made a movie and kind of made fun of himself, but if I make fun of myself and I call myself a slut, or talk about my stripper past and say it was the best time of my life — I was young, and beautiful making a hundred thousand dollars in cash a year. How f—ing fun was that? I had a bunch of friends, it was a party every night — I get ridiculed for that,” she said.

Ms. Rose said she’s learned to embrace the negativity, because no matter what she does, “everybody is going to call you a slut and a hoe and a tramp or a whore, if you do anything provocative or sexy, or be confident in your sexuality,” especially if you’re a woman, she told the Post.

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