Maybe there was a certain hubris involved: We can do what we want to do, go as far out there as we want. Due to Showgirls' poor reception, Stripteasea film about nude dancers starring Demi Moorewas distanced from Showgirls in advertisements;  Striptease nonetheless won the next year's Razzie Award for Worst Picture.
Verhoeven gamely appeared in person at the Razzies ceremony to accept his award for Worst Director; Showgirls would later win an eighth Razzie Award for Worst Picture of the Last Decade in Cristal, who calls everybody "darlin'" in a voice that drips with both honey and vinegar, can't be the villain any more than Nomi is.
For the likes of Lane it may not be what "acting is rumored to consist of," but premeditated career moves should not be what acting consists of either.
The movie starts with her zooming down the road to Vegas and never downshifts into a lower gear. Gershon's Cristal she tells Nomi she named herself after the champagne is every bit the schemer her younger rival is.
What's interesting about them is that they're perfectly calibrated to appeal to the all-American desire to feel, while you're on vacation, that you've stepped into a movie.
And it takes despised melodrama seriously too, as indeed an excellent vehicle for social criticism.