Burke is also a frequent object of the sexual revving-up that happens on LNS. Many of her photos include captions, written anonymously, that offer sleazy compliments: “i want to fock juck it,” “goddamn you’re fucking hot! motorboat it,” “get it shorty,” “frontal pic please of soaked shirt,” and “applaud good photo at drunken event.”
Burke doesn’t stress over the sexual trash talk. “I think a lot of it is said in jest, and that’s the easiest way to deal with it,” she says. “As women, we deal with it everyday.”
She thinks the people in her scene aren’t as promiscuous in real life as they claim to be on the forum. “I think it’s a lot of big talkers,” she says.
Burke’s profile disappeared from LNS a day before this story went to press.
D.C. Charity Addiction
Posted By: veejay on 04-11-2007 1:23 pm
Is there a city anywhere in the world that has more charities than D.C.? I moved here about 2 years ago, and at first it seemed nice that everyone was invovled with and supporting local charity events. However now I am beginning to question a number of the charitable causes and find it annoying to pay $10 to $20 just to step in somewhere for a drink with friends.
Am I being a cold-hearted miser?
RE: D.C. Charity Addiction
Posted By: Not at all on 04-11-2007 1:27 pm
I am 26 and DC wasn’t always like this. Most people just threw parties to throw parties. Now they feel compelled to do a charity or feel it makes them more sophisticated.
To responders: Don’t give me any bullshit response about wanting to help a charity because I know all of you and you’re not that decent (neither am I).
If one member treads the line of appropriate self-marketing, it’s Andrea Rodgers. Rodgers is 35, divorced, and, though well-liked, is also often described as a cougar, nearly too old to be out on the hunt. She works during the day as an executive assistant and dedicates the rest of her time to fundraisers, like a recent pooch and socialite fashion show that raised $60,000 for the Humane Society. Rodgers joined Late Night Shots in May 2006. She points out that she has a low member number, somewhere in the 700s, a key measure of status among the early group of LNSers.
After the LNS forum started, Rodgers began posting as Miss A, an anonymous, self-styled advice columnist.
Her most famous prescription came in February 2007, during a discussion about women’s weight.
She wrote: “There is no such thing as a toned size 10! I’m sorry. If you are bigger than a 4 n you need to lose some weight. How women can go around being confident as a 10, I have no clue. I just can’t see them wanting to have sex with lights on, or having a guy see them walk around the room undressed.”
Rodgers says her comment got misquoted and twisted around in the real world. Even on the forum, she got a drubbing for being too harsh. What she meant, she says, was that “if you’re a size 6 or up, you could stand to tone up. Not that they’re fat.” Nonetheless, the thread secured her status as an important poster. Around the same time, forum members began discovering her identity. Miss A wasn’t just witty and on-point; she was the smashing Southern belle Andrea Rodgers. Since then, her popularity has only grown.
“It’s gotten to be this legendary status,” she says. “It’s gotten kind of out of control.”
Judging from the number of posts from Miss A on the site, Rodgers spends a fair amount of time online during the day. “It’s like being at a party during the day when you’re at work,” she says.
Of course, sometimes the party gets overwhelming. After all the drama about her post on weight, Rodgers says she got sick of the negativity, the spoiled debauchery. “The group as a whole promotes the elite materialism, old money, Ivy League sort of entitlement kind of a thing,” she says. She ditched her profile and quit LNS. “It was nice because there’s so much negativity on there,” she says. But there was a downside. “I was missing out. I wasn’t getting the invitations, and I was kind of out of the loop. It was critical for someone like me who plans fundraisers.”
Then she planned a Thursday night fundraiser at Smith Point. Charity events hadn’t always been the norm for the pre-weekend party night. Back in the day, around 2004, regulars celebrated Thursday Throngs, when the guest list was lax and the blondes abundant. Civic-minded hosts now have to contend with a growing frustration at the necessity of paying to attend a time-honored bar night. One LNS member, Wright Sigmund, told me, “There’s such an overwhelming amount of charity fundraisers that basically some people feel like it becomes charity for the sake of charity. It just gets to be too much.”
When Rodgers decided to raise the “donation” from the typical $5 or $10 to $15, the chatter flared up. The LNS forum, in mob formation, decided to boycott the party.
“The event was a disaster,” Rodgers says. She learned about the boycott just hours before the event and scrambled to re- establish her membership (Landry says he did her a favor and gave her back her old member number). Rodgers went back online and lowered the price to $5. But it was too late. Very few people showed up. Smith Point owner Bo Blair called and told her she was hurting his business. Rodgers resorted to canvassing Georgetown on foot. “I literally had to go to Third Edition and walk through there and tell people,” she says.
The fundraiser may have been a bust, but Rodgers managed to pull off the main event. In June, she attracted a crowd to the Courage Cup, a polo match in Virginia that raises money to teach disadvantaged D.C. youths to play polo. Although the charity receives a fair amount of scorn (several posters asked why anyone would teach poor kids to play a game they can’t afford), it was one of the early summer’s most popular events.
Stars, Stripes, and smoke
On July 3, Late Night Shots threw an Independence Day party in a rented-out ballroom near Dupont Circle. Tickets to Stars Stripes and Smoke went for $80 at the door and included an open bar.
Even though close to 500 revelers show up, the event has the feel of a high school reunion. The crowd can’t fill the sprawling dance floor. The DJ plays Journey and Vanilla Ice. A few people are disappointed, but they dance anyway, get drunk anyway. A military man laments that a group of women snubbed his friendly efforts at conversation. “These girls are jerks,” he says.
I’m standing near a station serving only Red Bull with vodka when I meet Otis Ofori, 24, who, along with his twin brother, Curtis, is another star of LNS. I ask him what it is like to be a black man among such a uniformly white crowd. (I recently found a profile on the site for one Tyrone Biggums, who lists his skills as “Suckin dick for crack and drinkin red bawls!”) Ofori leans forward, reaches for my waist, and pulls me close. He says he knows people talk behind his back, but he doesn’t care. He’s rich, and that’s all that matters. “My brother and I, we do all right,” he says. “Guys with money can do whatever they want.” He grabs me again and says, “You’re kind of cute.”
I head for the women’s restroom to scribble down notes. Most of the girls who walk in are desperate to leave. Several are there because they grew up with Landry or went to college with him. “We’re here to support Reed,” they say.
Talk shifts to the night’s expected hookups and whether the debauchery ever measures up to the hype. No one can agree, but everyone in the bathroom knows the breakdown on sex. One woman sums it up: “It’s an accomplishment for guys and an embarrassment for girls.”
When I leave, a giant man stands outside, trying to hail a cab while he supports a crumpled girl against a ledge. He was just trying to get her home safe.
By 3 a.m., the recap has begun on LNS.
RE: Stars Stripes and Smoke Post Mortem
Posted By: just back on 07-04-2007 3:21 am
I’d give strong marks for the party, if you were intent on getting laid, you were in for an easy nite. Great chicks, plentiful liquor. The DJ was a bit lame, but not that bad. Overall, Great Work Reed!