Tuesday, 24 January 2012

"I'm not too fond of belly dancers"

Hat-tip to Mahin's Belly Dance Daily Quickie for today's clip from US reality show All-American Muslim.



Recently I witnessed something that made me more understanding of the point of view held by the woman who speaks at the end of this clip. If I can ever calm down enough to write objectively about it I'll let you know what it was! (The keywords are: tipping; teeth; bra.)

That said, I do think that the dancer in this clip does a good job of being charming, restrained and not at all hoochie. She doesn't have any control over the baggage her audience brings to her performance: that's their shit to deal with, not hers.

UPDATE: Apparently chain store Loew's has a problem with depicting American Muslims as, y'know, Americans who aren't also terrorists and/or religious extremists. They've pulled all their advertising from the show, prompting a boycott of their stores. To quote a book many Christians are (or should be) familiar with, "As ye sow, so shall ye reap." Amen.

Hateful campaign targets All-American Muslim.

4 comments:

  1. How is it the same with stripping? She isn't even taking any layer of clothing off. Well, she ditched the Isis Wings, but that's it. And she's wearing a very covered and tasteful costume.

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  2. I'm more shocked that there's an American program about Muslims that's trying to be positive.... way to be surprisingly tolerant and forward-thinking? Or is this just another BS reality tv show.....
    The dancer was very tasteful and did a great job, but the lady's comments aren't as bad as they could have been ;)

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  3. Hello Famous and Rae!

    Yeah, I don't think her comments were as bad as they could have been either. I was thinking more about that and the perceived reaction of the Western men who were "a bit *too* into it."

    I guess when it comes to costuming you can't ever be too covered up for some people - they'll always object to your hips moving! I'd be interested to know if they objected as much to the Irish dancer's uncovered legs and high kicks ;)

    In a move of jaw-dropping offensiveness, home improvement chain Lowe's has pulled its advertising from All-American Muslim. I'm gonna update the post with a link.

    The Raqasa

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  4. I can understand that for a Muslim woman who covers her hair, wearing a clinging dress (I thought the dancer's costume was gorgeous) and having her hair out, dancing in public probably is a pretty slippery slope to stripping.

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