(This post was originally posted by Flaming Nora on the Coronation Street Blog January 2018, reposted to this blog with permission.)
In our house, we're divided over Tassels.
Yes, the Coronation Street lap dancing club has been topic of conversation for the last few, er, minutes. And now I'm not sure what to think or which way to swing my tassel blog post.
I was all set and ready to write a blog post saying that I liked Tassels. I was going to say that the fluffy name of Tassels and that of its madam, Lulu Lockett, somehow took the sting out of the fact that it was a club where a victim of sexual abuse at the hands of nasty Nathan was being further exploited, even if was by a woman with the best name in soap, ever, that of Lulu Lockett.
I mean, it's hardly a sexy sort of a place, is it? The punters are sleazy, beating up women and hanging around in pairs, leering. The dancers wriggle about in mahoosive hotpants as if they've got an itchy bum and need to scratch it, but can't.
I have to admit, I was dreading Bethany's lap dancing storyline. But the way it's being portrayed is sitting just about on the side of all right with me. It's soap, it's pre-watershed, and no matter how much we complain about it, it was still going to be shown.
Although I still wish it wasn't.
Anyway, on the other side of the sofa, himself has another point of view about Tassels which is this...
He isn't a fan of it - at all. He says that he's never been in one of these places (or so he says!) but it doesn't seem to him to represent the reality of them, and if it did, ITV would certainly not be able to show it pre-watershed at 7.30pm. And because there's no reality to it, he can't take it seriously. In addition, there may well be valid points to make in this storyline - why else run it? - but these points are being lost because of the sanitised way it is being presented.
So what do you think about Tassels, which way does your swing?
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