14 April, 2021

When The Dance Turns Dirty

Why are kiddie reality TV shows pushing the sexy image?

When The Dance Turns Dirty

She’s dancing, serenaded by a man and his sidekicks. The stage’s strobe lights shine blindingly on her clingy golden micro outfit. She moves to jump on his lap and is thrust up and down by his right arm. They then move to centrestage as she is held aloft in his arms. Nothing amiss in this routine item number, you would presume. But it just so happens that the girl looks about seven and the man she is dancing with is at least forty. This was a reality dance show for children on Zee Telugu, Aata. 

Such was the outrage generated by this programme that the Andhra Prad­esh State Human Rights Commission (APSHRC) called for it to be pulled off the air in June 2010. Justifying the decision, apshrc chairperson B. Subhashan Reddy had said, “Children of this tender age dressed so differently, it’s unacceptable. The surroundings itself are not good for them, the sets, people, their comments. The girls are tossed up, hugged, cuddled, kissed and then nasty comments are passed. This is absolutely objectionable and indecent.”

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