I am not making any value judgements on Tatum’s line of work- past or present. He enjoys performing and I have no issue with that. What I do have issue with is the seeming double standard surrounding all of this. Not once has anyone called him any derogatory names or slated his past career and portrayal of said career now on screen. In fact no critics or fans seem to be interested in his stripping past at all, and it’s not as though he’s not giving them opportunity. But for women with similar pasts, the same cannot be said.
Diablo Cody (writer of Juno and Young Adult) recently said that she wondered why no one had placed the same judgements on Tatum as she felt had been placed on her, following her own work as a stripper. Her career as writer, she feels, has been permanently marred for some audiences and critics by the one year she spent stripping.