"Hey, everyone, Aubrey here," she began a two-and-a-half-minute video that ends with her stripping nearly naked to show off her body on her own terms. "I'm making a video for you guys, because instead of being onstage at 'Peepshow' tonight, where I usually am, I decided to call [off] tonight because of some nude photos that were illegally obtained last night at the show."
In the video message, posted on her Web site, the 25-year-old O'Day said that following last night's debut performance in "Peepshow" — a semi-nude stage extravaganza billed on the Planet Hollywood Web site as "a strip show you can take your wife to" — she was disturbed to learn that an audience member had taken photos of her and posted them on the Web. Of course, some outlets have pointed out that O'Day recently appeared nude in the March issue of Playboy, but she denies any claims of hypocrisy.
"Last night was my opening night, and it was such an amazing feeling, and I've been told by everyone that the performance that I gave was absolutely amazing, one of the best they've seen," O'Day explained. "[But the photos] made me feel like crap. It made me feel bad. It made me feel insecure about my body, and unfortunately, this is not the first time I felt this way in this industry."
Judging by the look of the clip, O'Day shot the video in a hotel room, leaning against a wall. Explaining that she was "up screaming at attorneys, internationally and domestically, trying to get all these photos off the Internet last night," the tired-looking O'Day rants about recent issues concerning her weight fluctuations, online judgments on her appearance and even calls out Perez Hilton, saying, "This is what I look like without makeup."
"A lot of people may not understand what it feels like for women to be judged like that, but as you can see, I'm not performing, which is the one thing I love doing most. ... I'm not going to let anyone like Perez Hilton say that Aubrey looks ugly un-Photoshopped," she fumed, promising, "I am going to be back onstage at 'Peepshow' every night [following tonight's cancellation]."
O'Day ended the video by stripping off her shirt, exposing a see-through bra, while exclaiming, "This is what my body looks like, naturally.
"This is what I look like with my natural hair, uncombed — I just got out of bed, and this is what my body looks like naturally," she said. "There you go, everyone, you can look at all the photos you like — yes, any cover that any celebrity has ever done has been retouched. But this is what I look like without my top on, and any photo that you see, especially the one from 'Peepshow' [on the Internet, which] was an hour and a half [into me] performing while I was hitting a high note onstage.
"I guess my message is be comfortable with who you are, don't let anybody tear you down, don't let anyone make you feel not proud of your body," said O'Day, who stars in "Peepshow" with "Girls Next Door" alum Holly Madison. "I'm sure every celebrity has battled with this throughout their career, feeling bad about themselves because of the bad that other people say about them. And I really hope that this inspires somebody to just say f--- it.
"For me," she concluded, "I would just like to say, 'F--- you!' to all the haters."