This 'hairy' NH state rep says he'll get a body wax to help Harvey victims
KEENE — Donating money to a cause usually brings its own rewards, but a Keene man is offering a little something special if you give to his Harvey relief effort.
Libertarian Rep. Joseph Stallcop, who lives in Keene and is a student at Keene State College, has announced he will bare all, literally, and get a full-body waxing if he reaches his goal of raising $50,000 for the American Red Cross to help victims of Harvey.
Stallcop has set up a Crowdrise.com site to collect money from people willing to step up for his cause, and his stunt.
In his online pitch, Stallcop apologized for looking "disheveled" because he was up watching coverage of Harvey, a category 4 hurricane at the time, hitting the Texas coast. Looking into his cellphone camera, he said that the storm would be an "absolute mess to clear up" before making his pledge to help out those in need down south.
In an interview with NH1 News on Wednesday, Stallcop said he couldn't just sit by after watching the devastation.
"At the moment I knew ... not even as someone who has a more public presence who could get more awareness, but just as a person who really wanted to help, I had to do something.
"I wanted to really be able to grab people's attention," he said. "When you can do something outlandish or just out of the norm, sometimes you can grab people's attention enough to actually get them to throw in some help."
Stallcop, who started classes this week, said for the last couple of years he has partaken in screenings of the cult film classic "The Rocky Horror Picture Show." The film attracts dedicated followers who attend showings dressed as characters in the film while singing along and reacting to key parts as the story unfolds on-screen.
Stallcop dresses as the character Rocky, who he described as a "clean-shaven, really buff, muscular guy."
"Being a hairier person ... I usually end up cleaning up a bit so I don't scare people around me," he said Wednesday. "Instead of doing the normal little cleanup, I thought, 'you know what, here's something that's going to grab people's attention. I will get a full-body wax, in costume, on video.'"
He hopes to reach his goal by October when he makes his regular appearance at a local showing of the film.
"I'd rather go through that little bit of pain just to be able to give some help down to those people," he said. "People probably would consider this a little different than the norm."
He added that fundraising efforts by other people in the "public eye" register as "a little more mainstream."
"Hearing that your local representative, your local government official is about to get a full-body wax for something, tends to grab people's eye a little more," he said. "At the end of the day, we might not get the attention that other bigger figures are getting. But I don't really want to see this as competition."
But if he makes it big or not, he may still have a little something to show off in the end.
"As long as we can hit a decent target, I'll probably still have something for the folks at home to be able to enjoy after this is all said and done," he said. "I don't really care what people think about it, as long as they are thinking about it. The more people are talking and thinking about it, there's more people watching, there's more chances that people are going to actually get involved with it."
You can donate to the cause here.
Listen to Stallcop's full interview with NH1 News below.