[First filed: February 14, 2009 @ 13:24]
The Canberra Times reports that the Office of Multicultural, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs is up in arms about the burlesque component of the Fringe Festival.
While I personally find burlesque a bit dull, basically drag shows with women, the parts I’ve seen both on opening night when this photo was taken, and last night, have been pretty tame.
Whether breasts with pasties on constitutes nudity is a point that various courts and censors have debated at length and it seems to be OK.
Last night certainly saw a huge crowd packed into the tent enjoying the entertainment.
On the other hand when you take the Government money to put on an event you do become beholden to wider community views.
Do burlesque performances in public places offend you? Would you like to see more of it? Should it be confined to paying 16+ customers?
[Disclosure: The Fringe Festival are advertisers on RiotACT]