July 28, 2008, - 3:52 pm

Topless “Showgirls” Star ls MTV’s New Self-Esteem Teacher for Girls; Far From Miss Barbara’s Dance Center

By Debbie Schlussel

Is it just me . . . or is there something just a little bit wrong about having a semi-porn star teaching adolescent girls self esteem?

Remember Elizabeth Berkley? The woman who is most famous for playing a stripper in soft-core porn is MTV’s new self-esteem coach for your teen girls. No joke.

In case you’re not familiar, Berkley is the “Saved By the Bell” star who didn’t want to end up as unfamous and loser-esque as her co-star “Screech” a/k/a Dustin Diamond (porn hasn’t worked for him, either). So, she took her top and most of her bottom off for the cameras in the flop semi-porn flick, “Showgirls,” about a ruthless stripper who sleeps with everyone in town to get ahead. Yup, a great textbook in self esteem. The movie was as disgusting as it was stupid.

Elizabeth Berkley: MTV’s New Self-Esteem Teacher for Adolescent Girls

Full disclosure: As Detroit area kids, Berkley and I both went to dance classes at Miss Barbara’s Dance Center, where we took jazz and tap dancing. But after that, our similarities ended. Her entire family moved to Los Angeles so this spoiled princess could live out her dream as an actress. And here’s something sicker than her horrid flick: her brother, who attended college in Michigan and is now a doctor, took his frat brothers to see his sister take it all off on the big screen.

I wonder how the conversation went: Hey, check out my sister’s breasts. Check out her a–. Class act, that Berkley family.

For the last several years, since her topless stripper flick bombed and she couldn’t get more than minor parts in movies, she successfully dug for gold, marrying Ralph Lauren’s nephew. And she’s been coaching young girls on self-esteem, offering them advice and how not to give in to peer pressure at her website, “Ask Elizabeth.” Berkley’s also been conducting self-esteem workshops for girls.
This is an interesting line of work, coming from a woman who took her clothes off to make it (and still bombed) and reportedly got plastic surgery (beyond the obvious nose job). How’d you like her advising your daughter? If you answered positively, you haven’t seen “Showgirls.”

Now, Berkley, who just joined the cast of cable’s lesbian show, “The L-Word,” is working with MTV to develop a new reality show based on her self-esteem workshops. The pilot shoots this fall. One wonders if she teaches the girls how to pole dance and utter such witty “Showgirls” lines as,

Hi, I’m Heather. Would you like to have a “private dance” with me?


I like having nice t-ts.

But don’t worry, Elizabeth Berkley has her priorities and morals straight just in the way they need to be relayed to better your daughter’s “self esteem”: She’s a member and promoter of PETA a/k/a PUTAh (People for the Unethical Treatment of Animals and humans).

And I say, why stop at a woman who only played a semi-porn star in a bad movie? While they’re at it, maybe MTV should hire a real-life porn star or a prostitute to teach girls self-esteem?

Ask Amy Bailey, the scumbagette MTV Vice Presidentette who decided to produce the show. I’ll bet “The View’s” Elisabeth Hasselbeck thinks it’s a marvelous idea.

Remember Scott Peterson, now serving life in prison for murdering his wife? Maybe he should get a self-esteem for boys show on MTV.

I hear the Menendez bros are looking for an opportunity to influence America’s future leaders, too.

MTV’s New “Self Esteem”: You, Too, Can Have a Daughter Who Aspires

To be the Next Star of “Showgirls – Fully Exposed Edition”


I had lunch a few years ago with our former dance teacher, Barbara Fink, who publicly praised Berkley in People magazine. But privately, she was embarrassed that her most famous student was famous for moves she didn’t teach young girls–taking off all of her clothes and writhing on a pole. “That’s very slutty,” she told me. Wish she woulda had the guts to tell that to People.

14 Responses

I find the idea of a “self-esteem teacher” even more offensive than choosing a sleazy actress for the job.
kids today don’t need more self-esteem, but more discipline.

Schlusselfan on July 28, 2008 at 5:45 pm

[Is it just me . . . or is there something just a little bit wrong about having a semi-porn star teaching adolescent girls self esteem?]
Deb, it’s just you. Stop being such a prude!

Norman Blitzer on July 28, 2008 at 5:45 pm

on that note: I also wouldn’t care about the “semi-porn star” but a hell of a lot about “actress” and “peta”.
this might sound ridiculous, but I think a porn or semi-porn star is probably a lot less insane than any “real” actress.
porn is for adults, Hollywood is for kids too. and it might surprise you, but a lot of porn stars actually have very conservative views;

Schlusselfan on July 28, 2008 at 5:59 pm

Posted by: Schlusselfan
[and it might surprise you, but a lot of porn stars actually have very conservative views]
Porn star, Mary Carey, is a Republican with the typical views of a conservative woman:
She believes in small government, low taxes, and she doesn’t do anal sex!

Norman Blitzer on July 28, 2008 at 6:12 pm

Norman…. my namesake, are you telling me that conservatism now means embracing prostitutes? So much for our lecturing liberals about character and decent behavior when you defend the likes of Mary Carey! Color me disgusted!

NormanF on July 28, 2008 at 6:20 pm

@norman blitzer:
I mean some “normal” porn stars whose opinions I judged as conservative not porn stars who go into politics, who are (and I know of no exception) complete nutjobs.
that Mary Carey is one too, according to what I’ve dug up in 5 minutes; she is against gun ownership? she thinks her films “are about love”? she wants to legalize same sex marriage? this woman is crazy.

Schlusselfan on July 28, 2008 at 6:35 pm

Self-esteem is very important for kids especially if you want to be a dictator or a professional wrestler.

poetcomic1 on July 28, 2008 at 6:45 pm

Feeling good is more important than doing right. The Bible describes how in the period of The Judges, every man in Israel did what was right in his own eyes. After 3,000 years, thing haven’t changed much.

NormanF on July 28, 2008 at 6:48 pm

are you saying this as a critique of feeling good over doing right or the other way round?

Schlusselfan on July 28, 2008 at 6:52 pm

as I am sure you hate google just as much as I do, today opened a new google alternative: “cuil”
the company claims they include more websites than google, atm 121,617,892,992 sites and they have an interesting, more context based approach. I find it terrific.

Schlusselfan on July 28, 2008 at 6:58 pm

Schlusselfan, I’m saying in today’s society, feelings count for more than values. In the old days, it would be hard to imagine a TV network hiring someone like Elizabeth Berkley to be a role model to impressionable kids. The times have truly changed and not necessarily for the better – in fact on the Left doing what she did is viewed as a career enhancement move on one’s resume. There’s no downside to a woman acting like a slut though there ought to be one.

NormanF on July 28, 2008 at 9:28 pm

Self-Esteem 101: Smart Girls are Intellectually, not Sexually, Active. MTV has always been a force for Bad, and its no surprise that they are stooping to Whoretoculture, to influence their Teeny, Tiny, Teeny Bopper audience. Think of the millions and millions of dollars parents gave their darling little Daughters, who in turn gave the money to Madonna, which made her filthy rich, and a bad influence.(i.e I heard her brother said, “She’s not nice.” Nawww) Uhmm. Blechh… If MTV they had their way, they would probably do a remake of the classic,”The Singing Nun”, to “The Swinging Nun” Positively Pathetic. P.S. could Dick Morris be considered a “poll dancer”? Just kidding…

Roads Skolar on July 29, 2008 at 8:18 am

Our culture is in trouble when Madonnawhore is the icon for young girls and not the real Madonna. Too bad for us. Maybe Obama can save us all with his magnificense. lol

samurai on July 29, 2008 at 10:07 am

Isn’t her real name ‘Nehama Pnina’?

OldSchoolW on July 29, 2008 at 12:30 pm

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