I dunno- the occasional glimpses I get of primetime television would seem to indicate the American soul is pretty hardy when it comes to sex as entertainment. Let's just say that Kaya and Sadie did not enter into Rakkasah with no intent to shock and awe, and for the greater audience, the shock was greater than the awe. I'm not sure being mentioned in the same breath with Paris and Pamela is fair, though. Kaya and Sadie can both dance.But the american soul is easily offended, and children will be damaged for life when exposed to such outrage, of course...
Well, no, I'm not being sarcastic about television. I don't have a tv at home, but when I go to the gym to walk and lift weights, there is a bank of televisions right there in front of me. I will admit that I may be the only person in the gym surprised by some of the televised activities; not having a TV myself, I am less desensitized than most of the American public to displays of sexual activity and violence. I prefer a good plot to sensational visuals.Shanazel and Sharif, do you mean it? Or are you being sarcastic? Because the things you are saying doesn't reflect what I have seen on American television.
So I'm a little slow today....... :think:
You couldn't have put it better - and you did put it far better than I did! Just about every "reputable" Belly Dancer in the country decried what happened at Rak '06. It brought the term "coffee table" into the Belly Dancer's lexicon for a sleazy performance. The sad thing was, this wasn't the only dubious performance at Rak '06, but was by far the worst and overshadowed the rest.The performance slammed belly dance right back into the "please your sultan" category and I think that was resented even more than the simulated sex.
Well, it's all in the eye of the beholder of course, but I disagree with your points here.The performance at Rakkasah, however, featured conduct unbecoming to a belly dancer. The public reaction to it has less to do with puritanical American souls than it does universal good taste. The performance slammed belly dance right back into the "please your sultan" category and I think that was resented even more than the simulated sex.
"disgusting, to put it mildly"? A matter of taste. To me Benny Hill is disgusting and in bad taste, and Jerry Springer, and wrestling shows, and boxing in general. This was pretty mild compared to all that, and beautiful at times.The performance at Rakkasah was disgusting, to put it mildly. There was nothing "innocent" about it.
I think if anyone did similar in the UK at a ME dance event the reaction would be much the same - :shok: and a great big sarcastic thank you so much for helping put belly dance back in the fantasy harem.This kind of thing would probably be just fine in Amsterdam (or Vegas) ...... Liberal European attitudes don't play in the US.
It is true that some people think sex is limited to "humping." However, a glance through the literary Kama Sutra is likely to broaden one's sexual vocabulary and enable the enlightened one to view the Rakkasah performance with an enhanced understanding of what is being depicted.Well, it's all in the eye of the beholder of course, but I disagree with your points here.
I don't think there was any simulated sex present, although of course techniques differ from couple to couple No humping or even crotch contact. .