On the heels of Kanye West’s latest controversial comment, one that appears to link strip clubs with sex trafficking, a New York strip club exec is asking Ye to drop by his strip club and bring his Sunday Service gospel show along with him when he comes.
Andrew Zarian, vice president at Sapphire New York, a gentleman’s club located on 39th Street in New York City’s midtown, extended an invitation to West following the Jesus Is King rapper’s appearance at Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church in Houston, according to Complex.
“I saw you recently brought your Sunday Service inside Harris County Jail and the Baker Street Jail in Houston. You followed that up by bringing the Sunday Service to Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church and delivered a powerful message in your signature stream of consciousness style, making several… interesting… statements throughout,” Zarian wrote in the letter, which was also shared in a tweet on Thursday.
We have extended an offer to @kanyewest to deliver his faith-filled concert in a new venue, to a new audience of Gentlemen’s Club entertainers, service staff & more. We’d love to open the doors to our 39th street location in NYC & have him & his choir grace us with their presence pic.twitter.com/K0lpiKS9T7
— Sapphire 39 Midtown (@NYSapphire39) November 21, 2019
Zarian mentioned West’s prior “affinity” to adult entertainment in the letter, and said the performance would be in lockstep with West’s past performance venues, which have included the jails, a concert venue, a college, and an open field, among other stops.
“Given your affinity for adult entertainment, we wanted to extend you an offer to deliver your free faith-filled concert in a new venue and to a new audience of Gentlemen’s Club entertainers, service staff, and more,” Zarian added in the letter. “We’d love to open the doors to our…location…and have you and your choir grace us with your presence.”
Zarian said his team is dead “serious about making this happen,” and asked that West reach out to him if he is “legitimately interested in our offer.”
Zarian also submitted to Yeezy and his team that this is an excellent opportunity for him to witness. The strip club head honcho reminded the rap star turned evangelist, that it was because of his addiction to adult entertainment that he turned to God. This would be the ideal setting for him to deliver his message to those who probably would be most in need:
“We wanted to extend an offer to Kanye given his affinity for adult entertainment. He has long been outspoken about his indulgences and has recently cited adult entertainment as one of the reasons he turned to God. We think this presents him with a unique opportunity to spread his message and deliver a powerful sermon to a new audience in a new environment, following up on his recent appearances at prisons and a megachurch.”
In Osteen’s church on Sunday, West compared strip clubs to sex trafficking.
“They got posters advertising sex trafficking because if there’s an advertisement for a strip club, that is advertising sex trafficking,” West told the congregation. “At the end of the night, when they close up, the manager says, ‘How much traffic do we have?’” he added.
No word yet on whether Ye will take Zarian up on his offer.