The twerking dancing troupe who carried out on the launch of the Australian navy’s latest ship have condemned the ABC claiming that the broadcaster’s video protection of their efficiency contributed to the group feeling “threatened” and “exploited’ in the wake of intense media interest surrounding their performance.
101 Doll Squadron released a statement saying they felt “unsafe” and personally attacked, blaming what they are saying was the ABC’s “deceptive editing” of a information clip, which appeared to indicate dignitaries current throughout their efficiency.
“We are very disappointed at the ABC’s deceptive editing of their video piece which cut to guests and dignitaries who were not in attendance, and shot from angles which could not be seen by the audience,” they stated.
“We found this very creepy.”
The assertion additionally condemned what they believed was the ABC’s “need to sexualise these women and their dance piece”.
“These are the images appearing in the media and the ABC have a lot to answer for in making us feel threatened and exploited.”
Guardian Australia understands that the ABC has acknowledged that the video, which cuts from the dancing efficiency to footage of the chief of defence amongst a bunch of different dignitaries, was misleadingly edited and it’s re-editing the story so as to add an editor’s word.
101 Doll Squadron contested the timeline offered within the ABC’s information clip, saying that they had carried out earlier than the formal occasion, and earlier than 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 not part of it,” they stated.
“It was in no way meant to be disrespectful and we are hurt and disappointed it has been misconstrued that way.”
The Sydney-based dance group, who specialize in dancehall and afrobeats, have deleted their Fb web page and made their Instagram account personal amid the controversy surrounding the efficiency.
The group describes themselves as a “squadron of dancehall women facilitating a movement to unite and collaborate unique projects inna dancehall”, and have been booked to carry out on the commissioning of HMAS Provide on Saturday.
The occasion was held at Backyard Island in Sydney, with high-profile attendees together with the Australian defence drive chief, Basic Angus Campbell, and the governor common, Basic David Hurley.
101 Dance Squadron stated that they had labored on their choreography collectively.
“It was meant 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.”
Guardian Australia has approached the ABC for remark.