Dita Von Teese “Shocked” Americans Think Burlesque Is So Taboo

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Dita Von Teese is considered a burlesque goddess in Europe, but the queen of stripping down feels people in the U.S. don’t quite understand her art. “I don’t mean to America bash, but it is interesting that burlesque is an American invention. Burlesque as we know it and the great burlesque that was prevalent in America in the 30s and 40s in big theaters with big stars that were in the movies and on TV and wrote books. It’s shocking to imagine it is now 75 years later and people are still saying, ‘I don’t get it, she’s a stripper’” the former bride of Marilyn Manson says.

“I don’t mind being called that because that is what I do, but I don’t understand why there is such a taboo attached to it. Basically what I do is like an actress that has nude scenes in a movie, it’s part of my role and its part of what my show is. It’s not really any different. I think it’s just too easy for people to criticize,” she says. [Source: Foxnews.com; Photo: Getty Images]