eems some female stars can’t sell their music on skill alone, so they bare their assets and gyrate like horny lions on stage.
The rationale seems to be: if my singing abilities aren’t enough, sex will sell it for me.
Take Nicki Minaj’s onstage “sexorcism ” at the Grammy Awards on Monday .... well!
Rolling stone.com reports that Catholic League president Bill Donohue condemned Minaj’s performance as tasteless and disrespectful to the Church.
After she arrived in a ridiculous red riding hood outfit accompanied by a man dressed as the pope, perhaps the most
“vulgar part was the sexual statement that showed a scantily clad female dancer stretching backwards while an altar boy knelt between her legs in prayer,” he said.
“Nicki Minaj must just stop it now, ” 5FM’S DJ Fresh said on his show The Fresh Drive.
Arthur Mafokate says he switched his TV off.
“If I ever see my daughter behaving like that there’ll be a big problem, he says.
” Minaj also wears bizarre outfits and hairdos to be noticed and
– she’s not the only one. Lady Gagga is the queen of this trend.
I’ve watched Gagga perform and the girl can actually sing. Is there really a need for her to take being different to that extreme?
Beyoncé is often said to be among the greats, ranking with the late Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Aretha Franklin and Etta James. She is immensely talented.
But what is she selling? Her music or her sexuality? She wears lingerie and leotards at concerts and in her videos.
SRihanna isn’t the greatest singer – she struggled to hold a note at the Grammy’s. But she made up for it by wearing an outfit that left little to the imagination.
This seems to be par for the course with her. It was reported that her latest video, We Found Love in a Hopeless Place, was banned in France for being overtly sexual.
Last year she was thrown off a farm in Northern Ireland when shooting the same video.
The irate owner told her to get off his land and find God after she stripped down to a red bikini.
She was to have a concert in Malaysia this month, but residents protested against her coming cos
’ of her dress code.
Idols SA judge Randall Abrahams says he doesn’t see the problem.
“In the 50s Elvis shaking his bottom was considered a big deal. Women threw their panties at Frank Sinatra. Jazz is the music born out of whore houses.
“Music has since the 1920s been associated with sexuality. It’s about pop culture in modern times. It’s about entertaining.
“People connect with music on a visual level too. Madonna is famous for her outrageous stage outfits and it’s really not an issue,” he says.
Adele, who won six Grammies this week, is proud of her curves and sings without stunts
– with all her clothes on.
She was quoted in showbiz.com as saying:
“I’ve never seen magazine covers or music videos and been like I need to look like
‘ that to be a success’. “I don’t want to be some skinny mini with my tits out. I really don’t want to do it and I don’t want people confusing what it is that I’m about.”
Ashanti, who was relevant about 10 years ago and is trying to make a comeback, is also resorting to showing off her bod.
She appeared on the Good Morning America show wearing a rather nasty catsuit that clung in all the wrong places. Not to mention the Pocohontas-inspired dress she wore to a fashion show, barely covering the essentials.
Fergie has left some teenagers with the idea that it’s OK to wear an unlined lace dress with black undies on show. What does Fergie sing again? Oh, ja
– that she’s so DELICIOUS
Thankfully our South African artists don’t stoop so low. Except for Chomee, who went through a phase. She has since toned down.
Mafokate says it all depends on the theme.
“The music directs you. If it’s sexy music its sexy clothing.
“If it’s gospel and mature ballads like her latest work, there s no need for that.”
’ Successful R&B local Leanne Kinstan Dlamini says she’d never take off her clothes to sell her music.
“I’m a big Beyoncé fan but I also believe people who know and appreciate real music will appreciate your talent rather than your physique.
“Jazmine Sullivan is a great artist and has never taken her clothes off. But, then again, Beyoncé has the talent to get away with it, whereas Rihanna has to compensate...”
Imagine the amazing Lira performing in nothing but her bedroom clothes.
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