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Richmond strip clubs face backlash after hosting 'White Trash Bash'

Published: Dec. 2, 2014 at 1:51 AM EST|Updated: Dec. 12, 2014 at 5:04 AM EST
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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Two Richmond strip clubs are facing criticism over a "White Trash Bash" promotion over Thanksgiving weekend.

"It's just not right," said Jason Powers, who feels the promotional flyers with trailers and countless beer bottles went too far.

"I live in a trailer park myself now," said Powers. "We are hardworking people and not people to made fun of. I felt that is what the clubs were doing."

The White Trash Bash included turkey bowling and food fighting. Powers feels it promoted stereotypes.

"I am white, and I'm not offended by it," said club promoter Mike Dickinson. "It's all in good fun. It's just a joke. I think our slogan should have been: 'Relax! It's just a joke.'"

As a matter of fact, club owners say some customers enjoyed the country music. Dickinson would not rule out similar events in the future.

"We may have found a demographic that we haven't touched yet," said Dickinson. "We may try to do more white trash weekends or country themed weekends."

Powers actually sent the club a note expressing his concern.

"Why do you think it is okay to stereotype hardworking people with this [expletive]?" questioned Powers. "What if they did a Thug Thursday or any other racial night? It would not go good especially in Richmond. It's not a joke."

Club owners say they meant no disrespect. Powers says the club should donate to local food banks as a good gesture after this event.

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