You may remember earlier this year when actress Vivica Fox revealed plans for her new reality show called Black Magic on Lifetime.
The show followed Fox around as she prepared to launch a new business in Las Vegas: an exotic, all-male revue featuring hot dancers and providing ladies with “the ultimate girls night out.”
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Given the success of Magic Mike, especially among gay men, Vivica could’ve been onto something with the new show. But there was one little problem: She didn’t want any gay guys there.
In an interview with Charlamagne tha God and DJ Envy on the morning radio show The Breakfast Club, she was asked if her show was “for gay men, too.”
“Aw, hell no,” Vivica was quick to reply. “Back all that up. No! NO!”
When asked why her dancers wouldn’t perform for gay men, Vivica replied, “Because there’s no need to. They dance for women. It’s called the ultimate girls night out for a reason.”
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The blowback from her comments was swift, leading her to later post that “Anyone can enjoy #VivicasBlackMagic… but it’s #UltimateGurlsNiteOut”.
Her comments led the show’s executive producer Jean-Claude LaMarre to peace out and so she started her own all-male revue, Xplicit Minds.
Now, LaMarre is suing her for “libel, slander, and contract interference.”
LaMarre, who initially apologized on behalf of Fox, says she launched Xplicit Minds in retaliation and stealing four dancers from LaMarre’s show.
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She allegedly threatened the dancers they’d be fired if they didn’t join her. (The show wasn’t even picked up for a second season, so all this complicated drama was totally unnecessary, anyway.)
LaMarre claims Fox made comments against his revue on Twitter and Instagram by writing: “I will not be at this show and neither will most of the dancers! Buyer beware.”
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According to his lawsuit:
“As a result of Fox’s defamatory social media campaign, LaMarre’s customers canceled Black Magic Live tickets and demanded refunds at shows. Fox’s homophobic interview comments and vindictive campaign against LaMarre and Black Magic Live destroyed any economic advantages LaMarre expected to enjoy following the reality show.”
We’ll keep you updated as the steamy, muscly drama heats up. In the meantime, you can watch the Black Magic Dancers in action and wonder why they never take off their pants. Sexy?
These guys are HOT! Especially the short one on the left side of the screen.
No one told Aunt Viv that gay men pay and tip far more than straight women at these kinds of shows huh?
And this is of importance why?
Vivica Fox blew it. Had she not been so homophobic and stupid, she could have said, “This review is for the girls–ALL the girls! We welcome the ladies, and we welcome male fans too. We want folks to come out and see the boys do their thing.” Etc. Instead, she put her foot in it and this review (and the show) suffered as a result. Jonathan “Heat” Martinez, Michael “Bolo” Bolware, and Steven “Charm” Beck should have their own stripping show, with nudity and all. It would be off the charts in popularity.
Who is this fatuous tart?
These guys seem a bit skinny for strippers. All the tattoos aren’t helping the situation. Rather excessive.
Fox could be guilty of contract interference, but he’s going to need more than a vaguely-worded Tweet to prove libel and slander, which are already not the easiest things to prove. Never saw what the hype was over this situation. Was it the “Aww, hell no” or her marketing the revue as a “girl’s night” that got the perpetually outraged all worked up (again).
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As I said when this story first came out, her comments were horribly awkwardly worded, but she seemed to basically just be saying “Girls only”, which is no big deal. There was no more reason for men to be admitted to her show than to one of those women-only Wonder Woman screenings they’re having.
Lifetime should also sue Vivica Fox for sabotaging their show. She pissed off what could have been a key demographic for the series before it had even aired and cost Lifetime advertising money for endlessly running commercials for this thing during shows with major gay audiences like Project Runway, thus ruining a key part of the network’s strategy. It was homophobic, stupid, and a terrible way to treat your business partners. I just wonder what Vivica Fox’s contract with Lifetime said; I doubt it allowed for recklessly sabotaging the promotion of the show.
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