Metro Councilman's comment about male strippers sparks heated discussion

Metro Councilman
Michael Craddock

A Metro Councilman is under fire after making a comment that some people consider sexist and degrading to women - and it all started over a male strip bar soon to open in Nashville.

Metro Councilman Michael Craddock told NewsChannel 5 that he does not want Nashville to become known as host to one of the south's only male strip clubs.

"I'm sick to my stomach - I'm just absolutely sick," Craddock said in the NewsChannel 5 interview. "It's different for a man to show himself than a woman. It's another step in the wrong direction."

Shortly after the report was posted to the NewsChannel 5 Web site, readers began reprimanding Craddock on the story's discussion board.

Bethany Davis of Johnson City wrote, "I find it offensive that councilman would say it is different to show a male body then a female one. My girlfriends and I are going to check it out!"

Amy, a Nashville resident, wrote, "Wow! I'm glad Craddock isn't my councilman. His comment typifies the term Male Sexist Pig! I hope his future opponent points this comment out at voting time!"

Several men also chimed in on the discussion board. Jason, from Hendersonville, lambasted the councilman writing, "If Craddock was my councilman I would make sure he got the boot. As a man I am embarrassed for the comment he made. It is no different man or woman. He needs to pay for that idiotic comment. WOW..."

The male strip club, Arrow Nashville, is located in the old Ken's Gold Club on 5th Avenue and will welcome male and female patrons upon its grand opening Labor Day Weekend. The bar is still hiring dancers and bartenders and has already received applications from around the country from men interested in dancing.

Keep your eye on for more coverage of Arrow Nashville.


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