Dancing for me has always allowed me to express myself through motion. I can escape into a dark place within my subconscious when I dance to certain rock songs, or slip under a love spell while listening to some great R&B. I like music that speaks to me so I can project my emotions with movement.
My adult life has been consumed with dance. I was an adult entertainer for years in strip clubs across the county, but mainly in Atlanta. The whole "twerking" phenomenon really wasn't that impressive to me because I worked with the best ass shakers in the country. Atlanta clubs are filled with big booty girl shaking their asses. When I released the "Whooty" video in 2007, I wasn't "twerking" I was just shaking my ass and dancing how I normally do at work. Little did I know that my video would break the stereotype that "white girls couldn't shake their ass". I proved that not only could I shake my ass, but I could brand myself as "Melody Jai, The Original Whooty".
I was excited when I was contacted to do the Mastodon video. I don't normally do mainstream videos where I am able to show off my dancing skills. Most of my the video work I do now is for my site MelodyJai.com I think most videos showcasing girls shaking their asses is a bit misogynistic,but that's just because most of the music you see girls shaking their asses to is filled lyrical content that degrades women. But that's not what "Motherload" is about. So I decided to do the video.
They wanted girls that could "twerk" and that was just up my alley. Although most of my scenes were cut in post production, I had a blast working on set with all the ladies. Each one of those girls had their own style of dancing. It was beautiful to see how dance could bring all of us together. We laughed and cut up with one another and truly had a great time. At no point did I ever feel uncomfortable during the shoot. It was professionally shot and artistically done. The band members were great to hang around, and made us all feel comfortable. I am glad I was a part of such a controversial video, and look forward to working on more projects like this in the future.
Tell me what you think? Did this video come across as being something that was degrading to women? Just because a women dresses scantily and expresses her sexuality through dance does not make her a sinner nor does it make her less of a person. What it makes her is a Goddess that isn't afraid to express her sexuality. If we all stopped judging each other for a second then we'd see that being sexual is part of human nature. It's how we seduce one another to procreate. Last I checked that is what animals do right?