I have always blogged very highly of India and even its politicians, but spending time in the legislative council arguing over the “wardrobe malfunctions” at Lakme Fashion Week is an exercise that beneﬁts few.
As Amodini wrote in her Review Room blog:
Now reading the [article], one could be forgiven for thinking this was a matter of state importance, you know, akin to the other problems of starvation, malnutrition deaths, abject poverty, bride-burning, dowry, eve-teasing, molestation etc. But no, this is a case of a model losing her clothing while on the ramp. …
The culture where one split-second image of a woman’s bottom on television causes a Legislative assembly debate, but scores of stories of women molested, killed at birth, or murdered engender no response?
To the legislators and police ofﬁcers of Mumbai: don’t fall into this trap. Having the United States and its moral policemen go on and on about it after the Janet Jackson Superbowl gaffe is quite enough for one decade.
I somehow think the moral ﬁbre of most Indians is strong enough to weather one accident, and this wasn’t exactly shown in front of Superbowl-type audiences. Next issue, please. Posted by Jack Yan, 09:47
If I dont comment on this one then I got to be blind.
I agree with you on this matter. But I dont think it will be tolerated with the amount of media attention the incident has recieved and with the fashion week under strict eyes. I doubt if the moral policing guys will even let it go on
Oh dear. It’s a shame if Fashion Week were cancelled because of this, as it has really brought Indian fashion to international attention (and cancellation would go against the whole Brand India campaign). However, you are right: hype breeds a lot of ﬁnger-pointing, often negative.
Yeah I also wont want it to get cancelled as it shows other countries that India is not far on the horizon but on their ports. But we cant be sure about some useless moral policing I believe in moral policing but they are too unwanted at some places.
And i dont think they will cancel it. It has the support of the whole bollywood stars fraternity
True: everything in moderation. When things start getting out of hand, like the furore over this “wardrobe malfunction” (don’t the Americans come up with the nuttiest terms?!), then the protesting voices go a little too far.
Like you, I don’t think it will be cancelled, and the whole world pays notice to when India has fashion weeks these days … It would be foolish for it to stop, given it raises the country’s entire proﬁle. The good outweigh the bad hugely.
I doubt that this sort of thing can close down the fashion week. This, though gives them more fodder to put checks (on women) in place, supposedly to prevent "hurt sensibilities".
But some of Inida's own moral policing guys dont like India shining it happens in all countries I guess but its a bit more in India
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