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Burlesque too racy for the festival?

johnboy 15 February 2009 44

[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?

Burlesque at a Government funded festival

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Woody Mann-Caruso Woody Mann-Caruso 5:52 pm 14 Feb 09

That said, I know there’s at least one liberal fossil shuffling his intellectual zimmerframe around the RA site who even finds the male chest offensive.

Aww, are woo still cwying about dat, diddums? HTFU, precious, or buy a blouse and panties to wear to the bottle shop.

I think burlesque is great, and there should be more of it.

BerraBoy68 BerraBoy68 5:58 pm 14 Feb 09

So let me get this right, according to those empowered to spend our taxdollars Burlesque is akin to porn. But if an artist (so-called or otherwise) paints a full-frontal picture of a naked women (from photo-realistic through to abstract)than it’s art and the Gov’t can buy the painting and can hang it freely in full view.

Go figure.

There is nothing wrong with the naked female form from my perspective. Bring it on…

Pommy bastard Pommy bastard 6:34 pm 14 Feb 09

Pandy said :

I can assure you that they are not all lesbians. Nor are they all hoes.

Errrmmmm… who said they were either?

shiny flu shiny flu 8:00 pm 14 Feb 09

Just another thing for the Office of Multicultural, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs to complain about: should keep them busy between actual matters of interest to Mutlicultral peoples & Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

To the 10 people that voted ‘too racy/not necessary’… BREASTS VAGINA PENIS BOTTOM. We all have reproductive organs. Deal with it. Get over your immaturity complex.

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy 9:05 pm 14 Feb 09

I don’t see the difference between this and summernats, really.

“Show us ya tits”

imhotep imhotep 9:33 pm 14 Feb 09

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy said :

I don’t see the difference between this and summernats, really.

“Show us ya tits”

Ah, but you see the difference is in WHO is doing the yelling.

‘Bogans’ at Summenrnats? Not cool. The ‘Yarts Community’? Well, that’s OK.

The double standard applies down the social spectrum, not upwards. Witness the Bill Henson stoush.

Passy Passy 10:16 pm 14 Feb 09

A storm in a D cup.

(Not an original of mine, unfortunately.)

imhotep imhotep 10:20 pm 14 Feb 09

or maybe a hassle over a tassle…

pelican pelican 10:25 pm 14 Feb 09

or a rustle over a bustle…

imhotep imhotep 10:30 pm 14 Feb 09

a snit over a tit…

Woody Mann-Caruso Woody Mann-Caruso 11:17 pm 14 Feb 09

‘Bogans’ at Summenrnats? Not cool. The ‘Yarts Community’? Well, that’s OK.

So was anybody at the show actually shouting ‘show us your tits’?

scootergal scootergal 11:27 pm 14 Feb 09

I was there and enjoyed some of what I could see. What I was concerned about was the young boy of about 8 years old sitting at the front of the audience. I didn’t take my 12 year old girl along as I’m sure I would have heard gasps of “EWWW gross!” from her and her friends.

Thumper Thumper 11:31 pm 14 Feb 09

So was anybody at the show actually shouting ’show us your tits’?

No.

Pandy Pandy 1:35 am 15 Feb 09

Tits are over soooooo rated. Unless it is on a Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander doing a trad dance. But who am I to judge?

Pommy bastard Pommy bastard 7:48 am 15 Feb 09

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy said :

I don’t see the difference between this and summernats, really.

“Show us ya tits”

You don’t have to shout at a Burlesque show d=for them to show you their tits, it’s all part of the service.

simsim simsim 8:13 am 15 Feb 09

I will say, though, that the Multicultural Fringe does look a bit, ahem, anglo and white…

I suppose it’s a good excuse for an arts festival, but there ain’t a lot Multicultural about it. Still, if it’s keeping Jorian Gardner from attempting journalism, I’m happy…

Woody Mann-Caruso Woody Mann-Caruso 8:28 am 15 Feb 09

So was anybody at the show actually shouting ’show us your tits’?

No.

You mean imhotep didn’t have a witty insight into an imaginary class war? But that ‘yarts’ bit was hilarious! You know – because it was like, arts, but like, not? He sure stuck it to them book-learnin’ types.

Thumper Thumper 8:34 am 15 Feb 09

Nope, just good old fashioned, albeit bawdy, fun with the performers not even taking themselves seriously.

Kind of like Carnivale in civic.

I-filed I-filed 9:39 am 15 Feb 09

Whether it should be government funded comes down to the content. The Street Theatre’s burlesque show was pretty interesting and subversive in places – though largely banal. To be fair, I haven’t attended the Jorian one, but from the still it looks as though it is relying on the performers rather than set & atmosphere – so those performers would need to be very good. Straightforward, “please the gentlemen” burlesque without social comment of some kind is totally inappropriate for a government-funded occasion.

Pommy bastard Pommy bastard 10:48 am 15 Feb 09

I-filed said :

Straightforward, “please the gentlemen” burlesque without social comment of some kind is totally inappropriate for a government-funded occasion.

There’s an easy way round that, call it a; “please the disabled, lesbian, single mother, Burlesque”, and say it’s a social commentary on how there is a lack of shows catering to the needs of disabled lesbians,and the govt would throw thousands at it…

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