A video of twerking girls at a military event has caused a public scandal in Australia. An incendiary dance of girls in tight shorts against the backdrop of a warship has become a viral video on the Internet.
As a result, one part of the population called the behavior of the military inappropriate. Another accused the girls of making their dance too sexy. And the third said that women can do anything with their bodies and dance anywhere and no one has the right to judge them.
In addition, it turned out that the video with the dance was edited by the national television company ABC, and the dance group from this video complained about the harassment that began after the publication of the video in the media. So where did "naval twerk" come from?
Dance group 101 Doll Squadron was hired by the Royal Australian Navy to perform at the commissioning ceremony of the new ship "Support".
NEW: The Royal Australian Navy commissioned HMAS Supply in Sydney today, and uh..... organised this dance to celebrate pic.twitter.com/OvCYlhhGZG— Alex Bruce-Smith (@alexbrucesmith) April 10, 2021
And perhaps the dance would have gone unnoticed, but an ABC reporter shared a video on Twitter in which footage of the dancers ' sexual movements was mounted with the stony faces of the military leaders who allegedly watched it. In the comments to this tweet, which was later deleted, they began to criticize the military for violating the standards of behavior.
Representatives of the Australian Navy said that none of the officials, such as the Governor-General, did see the presentation in the form in which it is presented in the media, as it took place before their arrival.
The ABC TV channel admitted that the recording was indeed rewired. Even the Prime Minister of the country, Scott Morrison, intervened in the case, saying that the act of the military did not fit into the framework and criticized the TV channel for editing the video.
The Australian Navy did not explain why they decided to invite the twerk band to the official event.
The rest of the ceremony was held in the traditional form for such events: brass bands and sailors saluting the military leaders.
The military event as a whole was held traditionally, and the fleet management could not answer why they invited the twerk performers.
But it didn't matter. The video went viral and caused a lot of negative responses. "I'm happy for the girls that they were honored to perform at such an event, but half-naked dancing in front of a warship is inappropriate," said Jacqui Lambie, an independent senator, and army veteran, calling the decision of the military leadership to invite twerk dancers " an absolute shock."
But criticism of the military's strange choice of dance repertoire soon escalated into accusations of dancers and dance styles deliberately sexualizing and objectifying women.
The invited dance group 101 Doll Squadron is known for its membership of indigenous peoples and different races.
They specialize in reggae, afrobeat, and hip-hop dance genres that were not previously represented in European culture, but are now often found in modern dance.
Some commentators expressed the opinion that such choreography is "humiliating for women". Such statements were made against the backdrop of a debate about gender inequality, which is now one of the main topics in Australian politics.
In one of the publications of the ABC TV channel, an unnamed politician was quoted as saying that "at a time when we are so concerned about stopping objectifying women, you can find other dances that will also be fun and energetic."
But the women's rights activists were so passionate about the work that they forgot to ask the female dancers themselves - what do they think about it?
The girls from 101 Doll Squadron accused the ABC TV channel of "misleading editing", as a result of which the video from the performance was inserted with the faces of military and high-ranking officials.
"We found it creepy, and we have many questions for ABC reporters and cameramen and their need to sexualize women and dance routines for their own pleasure," the dance collective said in a statement.
Well-known in Australia, independent media company Mamamia, which specializes in women's rights, published an article with words of support for the girls. "It was the Royal Australian Navy that made the dance look strange. It was the Royal Australian Navy that turned the art of girls into a subject that provoked ridicule. And the girls just did their job well, " Mamamia said.