Dancer Genea Sky went viral recently for a very scary reason. She was working at a Texas club XTC Cabaret and performing on the two-story pole when she fell. A person in the audience filmed a video of the incident, where Genea fell a total of 15 feet and seemed to be OK when she picked herself up and started dancing again.
Genea posted an update on Twitter to address the incident.
Yes, I fell off the pole.— Honey Badger (@Genea_Sky) February 9, 2020
Yes, I fractured my jaw.
NO, I’m not fucking okay.
And there’s absolutely NOTHING funny about this situation. This is the worst pain I’ve ever felt and I wouldn’t wish it upon anyone.
She followed up in a separate tweet, admitting she needed surgery from the fall.
Literally have to get surgery tomorrow. So please, if you don’t have anything nice to say just leave me alone.— Honey Badger (@Genea_Sky) February 9, 2020
Later that evening, Genea posted a tearful video update. In it, she explained her injuries included a broken jaw, broken teeth and a sprained ankle.
She said she has been humbled by the experience and thanked people for their support.
Thank you everyone 🙏🏽💕 pic.twitter.com/y2U8kPMdpT— Honey Badger (@Genea_Sky) February 10, 2020
The 2:12-minute video has been viewed 2.9 million times on Twitter and Genea’s tweet received 76.7k likes and 10k retweets. Multiple people took to the comments to share words of support.
GIRL. You are a WARRIOR. You got up after breaking your jaw and did a headstand... that is unbelievable. I’m so happy you’re alive and well! Hopefully nothing but positivity & opportunities come out of this experience! Good luck on your surgery & a speedy recovery— 𝘵𝘳𝘪𝘴𝘩𝘢 *･゜ﾟ (@TrishaaLoo) February 10, 2020
You apologized for not responding to everyone right away. Maim, don't apologize when you didn't do anything wrong— brōkeechobee (@5_MeO_MaTT) February 10, 2020
The CEO of the club took no responsibility for the incident, saying Genea knew the risks involved while performing on the pole. The internet didn’t take well to that explanation.
Decriminalization will not automatically give erotic laborers labor rights and protections. Because of how labor laws have eroded over the past few decades, hence the rise of the gig economy, we will need to join forces with other groups of workers and fight for labor justice.— femi babylon, cash link vixen🚲 🏳️🌈 (@thotscholar) February 11, 2020
This is awful. So many professions that employ predominantly women keep their employees as independent contractors and all of these professions have high rates of injury and abuse with zero compensation. You’re absolutely right that labour justice is vital.— Saffron TT (@Jasaffron100) February 11, 2020
CEO says “they didn't tell her to make the climb” so why the hell you got 15ft pole if your not going to at least insure your workers safety while on it. This is messed up.— Michael lyles (@1987OneShot) February 11, 2020
I wish strippers could safely unionize. That girls fall is clearly a job hazard that should be covered by workers compensation.— SingleChampagneLife (@law_champagne) February 11, 2020
That club is responsible for your safety even independent contractors can sue. They are supposed to have safe work spaces. They have not reached out to you about any assistance... sue club & venues gon get enough of treating the dancers who hold they business together like shit.— Luh_Ericka (@ErickaTheIconnn) February 10, 2020
Many people learned that dancers are paid as independent contractors, which offers no protection from injury in the workplace.
Instead of RT’ing the video of the stripper falling, donate to her gofundme. She fractured her jaw, and strip clubs don’t provide health insurance for their workers. https://t.co/S42qSCM8Rj— 💜 America’s Next Top Top 💜 (@ramonaslick) February 10, 2020
Why the hell does any strip club need a 15ft pole?! If a club is going to have that, they damn sure better protect anyone who climbs it!— ZeeFlyingAhead (@ZeeFlying3) February 11, 2020
Just watched a video of a stripper fall about two stories doing a pole routine. Calll me a socialist but these hoes need a labor union with health benefits because homegirl gonna have the wildest sciatica in a few and need some of those singles that was on the stage— dallas penn (@Dallas_Penn) February 10, 2020
If you don’t think people should be compensated for injuries on the job, then you’re anti-working-class and anti-labor.— JUNIPER “MIDWEST NICE” FITZGERALD (@juniperfitz) February 12, 2020
Doesn’t matter if someone falls from a stripper pole or loses some fingers at a packinghouse— pro-labor means labor RIGHTS.
1. People don’t see stripping as a legitimate profession, but as a dishonorable, temporary hustle— dara mathis (@TrulyTafakari) February 12, 2020
2. And consider strippers unworthy of workers’ rights or protections, siding w/clubs
3. So anything unfair, unfortunate or untoward that happens to strippers is met with a shrug.
Strippers need labor rights. Period. https://t.co/PQpbdUV6Dk— Reese Piper (@TheNudeReporter) February 11, 2020
STRIPPERS DESERVE HEALTH INSURANCE!! THEY DESERVE LABOR RIGHTS!!! STRIPPERS DESERVE PAID MATERNITY LEAVE!!!! STRIPPERS DESERVE BETTER— Lul Snow Snow (@lilsnowbabe) February 11, 2020
Someone posted on Twitter how common these injuries are for dancers.
That girl that fell off the pole broke her fucking jaw and kept going; when my hand got smashed on stage I knew that shit was broken and kept going. I knew a girl who knocked herself out on a fire sprinkler and no one caught her when she fell and her ass STILL came back to work.— 𝔙𝔈𝔛 (@blvvdbath) February 11, 2020
In the comments, current and former dancers shared their injury horror stories.
I knew a girl who fell down with the pole at my old club and still continued the show. I personally shattered my ankle and still kept going. The show must go on! It’s in our blood I swear. These people laughing could never do what girls in this industry do.— Sydney Mayhem 🎂Birthday 2/4🎂 (@Sydney_Mayhem) February 11, 2020
My first year into dancing I fell off the stage and broke my wrist, having to get a plate and seven screws and literally cried in the ambulance saying they needed to hurry up and fix it cause I had to get back to work the next day. Don’t tell me that what we do isn’t a job. 😒— 💎🌲Willow Raine 🌲💎 (@WillowRaine18) February 11, 2020
I fell from a 20 ft pole, absorbed some of the shock with my heels, snapped one in half, AND STILL FINISHED MY SONG. Stripper are baddasses and nobody will ever convince me otherwise.— Alice Hellfox (@KandiKitsune666) February 11, 2020
I dislocated my shoulder, ran into the corner to relocate it (so I could scream a little) and then got straight on back on stage— wholesome hoe (@shitthathurtsxo) February 11, 2020
Two people pointed out the hypocrisy of audiences cheering on J.Lo and Cardi B while turning their backs on real sex workers.
Soo last week it was "all hail jlo for all the grace and strength it takes to pole dance" and this week its "strippers don't deserve money to help pay their medical bills bc they should be saving every dollar they have in case they ever fall" 🙄 I'm tired— J. Hazel 💋Ⓥ (@veggieslutt) February 11, 2020
I just think it’s wild how people love a success story like @iamcardib’s, from being a stripper to millionaire, but no one wants to support the stripper. Geneva didn’t want to fall 4 stories, and she’s receiving help for a horrible accident! Why are you mad people?— katherine simms (@KatSimms23) February 11, 2020
People learned that her job would not be helping with her medical bills, so a crowdfunding campaign was set up for her. As of this writing, it has raised $37,065 of its $20,000 goal.