Wednesday, June 07, 2006

No Butts About It

I really don't get this.

Butlers in the Buff are such a hit in London that they're taking the business model on the road. There are 75 bottomless butlers on staff (so to speak). And there are numerous requests to have them work at women's parties (though in England they apparently call them hen parties), corporate functions and gay wedding receptions.

A "tasteful alternative to strippers and pole dancers?" Yeah, strippers are so de classe. But naked butlers around food? That's classy.

Would a real butler ever engage in this kind of behavior? It might go something like this. "I'll have a shandy on the verandah. Good Lord, Jeeves, where are your pants?"

What kind of corporate function has semi-naked serving staff? Quarterly earning projections because you're looking at the bottom line. Proctologist conventions? Sorry, I'm just being cheeky.

I will skip the obvious jokes about the British Marines having a former member who thought this business up. But it puts that whole British public schooling in perspective doesn't it?

But seriously is this that big of a deal? If you think seeing a guy's butt is such a big deal, just ask him. Spring for a couple of beers and it's probably not that much of a stretch to get him to drop trou.

Would women really want to be served by a man with no pants? I know the "towel trick" is a classic. But naked men around found sounds like a health code violation to me.

5 comments:

Elsa said...

This is news to me. I'm glad I read your blog - it's where I find out all the important stuff :-)

I can't imagine a company hiring half-naked waiters for a function!

What kind of corporate function has semi-naked serving staff? Quarterly earning projections because you're looking at the bottom line. Proctologist conventions? Sorry, I'm just being cheeky.

batrumpum (This is the sound of a quick drum "thing" after you make puns or I could have gone with aaaooooo - which would be the noise you would hear when a wild animal is dying.)

kitkat said...

This reminds me of the uproar a while back about the restaurants that had nude women on a table and the rich dudes would eat food off their bodies.

And I kind of feel the same way about it. Frankly, I don't give a damn :)

As long as I know about it, and it's not just some sneaky waiters in the back pulling their pants down, I don't think it's a big deal. It's a gimmick for people who have too much money and not enough to do with their time.

I think corporate functions and "hen" parties are far more obscene, but that's just me.

Kvatch said...

This reminds me of the uproar a while back about the restaurants that had nude women on a table and the rich dudes would eat food off their bodies.

Specifically this was a NYC firm that used to serve sushi off of the bodies of nude models. Still does, in fact.

I say...life's rich pageant. Who wouldn't like to attend something like this, just once? Come on, admit it... :-)

t2ed said...

Kvatch, I just remember when MiniMe went for an "accidental" nipple brush on Surreal Life with the girl who is marrying Peter Brady now.

Yes, I'm very ashamed.

Elsa said...

I'm embarrassed to say I watched that episode on Surreal Life (those shows just suck you in - and before you know it, you're hooked!).