Every weekend, I photograph for The Beacham, a nightclub located in Downtown Orlando.
During the editing of pics, one particular photo caught my eye. In the photo, a dancer performed as purple lights shined through floating mists. With her light-brown skin and curly black hair, one may assume the dancer was biracial. Also, a small chain looped around her waist. Last thing I noticed was the dancer’s black bikini. It appeared to be made of lace.
The whole scene reminded me of Purple Rain, the movie starring Prince. The dancer (Jasmine) reminded me of Prince’s past girlfriends and wives, many who were light-skinned brown women. The clothing reminded me of the 1980s, a time when this style was popular.
After editing the pic, I uploaded it to Facebook as a joke.
After uploading, I typed lost pic from the Purple Rain tour. If you notice, I posted this April 19.
The pic received likes and two comments.
The comment by Casey Dickson stood out.
Here’s the thing. The pic wasn’t intended to be a booty pic. Actually, I took two photos of Jasmine. The other showed her face. I didn’t like that one. The lens distorted her head. I chose the booty pic because it created mystery. We never know what Jasmine’s face looks like. Yet, she does remind the viewers of a Prince woman.
Then, it dawned on me. By using the Purple Rain reference, I tricked friends into liking a booty pic. Just like Casey said, most of the likes came from folks who never pressed like on any of my booty pics. They weren’t pressing likes for booty. They were pressing likes for Purple Rain.
The trick was unintentional. The uploading wasn’t even planned for that. Like I mentioned earlier, I thought nothing of a booty pic until Casey brought it up.
Oh yea, remember me mentioning the date? April 19. Notice Casey made a comment on April 20. What happened the next day? Prince died.
I don’t want to read into this and say this was some strange coincidence. Nope, this was just me tricking friends into liking a booty pic.