The twerking dance group that performed at the Australian Navy’s newest ship launch condemned ABC on the grounds that the broadcaster’s video coverage of their performance contributed to the group feeling “threatened” and “exploited. “as a result of the intense interest of the media around his performance. .
101 Doll Squadron issued a statement saying they felt “unsafe” and personally attacked, blaming what they say was the “misleading editing” of a news clip by ABC, which appeared to show dignitaries present during their performance.
“We are very disappointed by the misleading ABC editing of their video piece that cut off guests and dignitaries who did not attend, and filmed from angles that the audience could not see,” they said.
“We found this very creepy.”
The statement also condemned what they believed to be ABC’s “need to sexualize these women and their dance piece.”
“These are the images that appear in the media and ABC has a lot to answer for to make us feel threatened and exploited.”
ABC issued an apology for the way the video was edited, saying that a government deputy had told reporters that both the governor general and the chief of the navy were present at the dance.
“The video should not have been edited that way and ABC apologizes to the Governor General and the Chief of the Navy, and viewers, for this error,” the statement said.
ABC also added a correction to the original story, acknowledging that the video was edited in a way that did not reflect the actual timeline of events.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said he was “disappointed” in the way ABC reported on the event.
“I am disappointed that this event was so misinformed. I think it was disrespectful for the artists to suggest that the governor general or others attended in that way.
“I think the standards have failed, and therefore I think obviously the defense will consider these issues and make whatever changes they want in the future. I leave that to them. It is disappointing that Australians have been so misled on that issue. “
The prime minister declined to comment on the performance itself, saying he would “leave that to the defense” but that ABC should “reflect” on how they edited the clip.
Previously, 101 Doll Squadron contested the timeline featured in the ABC news clip, saying they had performed before the formal event and before the dignitaries arrived.
“A short piece taken out of context in what was a very long day performed before the official ceremony and before the arrival of dignitaries, and it is not part of it,” they said.
“It was not intended to be disrespectful in any way and we are hurt and disappointed that it was misinterpreted in that way.”
The Sydney-based dance group, which specializes in dancehall and afrobeats, has taken down its Facebook page and made its Instagram account private amid controversy surrounding the performance.
The group describes itself as a “squad of dancehall women facilitating a movement to unite and collaborate on unique projects in a dancehall,” and were hired to perform at the HMAS Supply startup on Saturday.
The event was held on Garden Island in Sydney, with high-profile attendees, including the head of the Australian Defense Force, General Angus Campbell, and the Governor General, General David Hurley.
101 Dance Squadron said that they had worked together on their choreography.
“It was intended to bring an informal sense of celebration; a gift from one of our community groups to open a modern ship, with a modern dance form. “
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism