I Hope I Can Still Appreciate Strippers at 85

If I’m 85 and in a nursing home, I really do hope the nursing home provides strippers. At that age I believe I’ll have stopped caring at all what other people think of me…I’ll be dead soon anyway and damn it I’m going to live my last few years any way I damn well please.

If my children have a problem with that, they can get over themselves. I spend some of my best years raising them and now they want to police my morality? They would have another thing (another thing is my euphemism for “beat down”) coming if they tried that.

Bernice Youngblood and her son, Franklin, are suing her nursing home (East Neck Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in West Babylon, New York) because they hired strippers to entertain the residents (apparently on a regular basis). The law suit, according the to the New York Post, states:

“Plaintiff Bernice Youngblood was placed in apprehension of imminent, offensive, physical harm, as she was confused and bewildered as to why a muscular, almost nude man, was approaching her and placing his body and limbs, over [her.]”

New York Post

But here’s the problem. How did Franklin Youngblood, son of Bernice, find out the immoral and hedonistic things that were occurring at East Neck? Did Bernice call her son in hysterics after a stripper gave her a lap dance for a bunch of singles? Did she report it to him when he came to visit and ask him to save her from this vile sinful nursing home?

via New York Post

via New York Post

No, no she did not. He found out because he found a photo of the incident in her room on his visit.

Yes, Bernice had such fond memories of this sinful activity that she had retained a photographic memento of her foray into stuffing singles into a stripper’s tightie-whities.

Now she is claiming that she is ashamed of the activity and is involved in initiating the lawsuit against the nursing home (who, it is important to add, hired the stripper after a residents committee voted unanimously to request this entertainment), but it’s odd that she not only kept a photo of an incident that she claims she did not take part in voluntarily, but that she did not immediately report it to her son. It’s also odd that she was prepared with a stock of singles for an event she claims she had no prior knowledge of. Newsday makes a point of including that she is giving this statement to them with her son in the room. Perhaps she is ashamed and covering up for her voluntary involvement in an activity so at odds with her normal lifestyle, which her family’s attorney described:

“Bernice Youngblood has lived 85 years as a traditional Baptist, hard-working, lady . . . And now she has been defiled[.]”

Granted, it’s not as if the nursing home announced on their webpage that they would be having strippers as part of the weekly entertainment, but those in the nursing home are all comfortably over the age of 18 and (unless they were sending strippers in for those so mentally deficient that they could not speak for themselves or remove themselves from the situation, something the lawsuit is not claiming to my knowledge) able to make decisions for themselves.

While the lawsuit claims that Youngblood “lack[ed] the mental and physical capacity to protect herself.” (NYP) nowhere is it stated that she was mentally deficient or incompetent and lacked the ability to make decisions for herself on whether she wanted to participate in the stripper’s visit. Bernice claims she was not warned such an activity was going to to take place, but surely she could have asked to be removed from the room, the lawsuit does not claim (to my knowledge) that she was denied an exit from the room. 

It all comes down to sounding more like Bernice’s son has a problem with his mother’s activity and less that she needs protection from the vile, hedonistic culture of the nursing home staff.

Or maybe Franklin doesn’t like his mother spending his inheritance on strippers.

I’d like to hear what the stripper has to say about the story myself, since he’s probably the only other person who can give us an account of what exactly occurred…and it’s not as if he’s part of the suit, he committed no crime by being legally hired to perform.

In the end, my opinion is that an 85 year old woman is ashamed that her son found a photo of something she didn’t want him to know about and she’s now covering her tracks because her son is making a public stink about it. She doesn’t want her reputation as a good God-fearing woman sullied by this, so she pretends she was not taking part willingly.

Someone needs to inform Bernice that she’s an adult, she’s paid her dues, and her son doesn’t have a say in how she lives her life.  Enjoy your life and screw what anyone thinks about you.

If you want strippers, you can have them. I’m not going to judge.

I could, of course, be wrong. However this whole scenario being put forth in the lawsuit is questionable at best.



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