Thursday, January 21, 2010

Worst sporting costumes ever

The video immediately below shows Australians Danielle O'Brien and Greg Merriman performing in costumes designed in colaboration with Aborigines. Below that is an "Aboriginal" dance by grotesquely costumed Russian world champs Oksana Domnina and Maxim Shabalin, who claim the costumes are authentic. They aren't. 

Indigenous Australians are unimpressed:

'I am offended by the performance and so are our other councillors,'' said Bev Manton, chair of the NSW Land Council yesterday. ''Aboriginal people for very good reason are sensitive about their cultural objects and icons being co-opted by non-Aboriginal people - whether they are from Australia or Russia."

Bev Manton is perhaps overreacting just a tad. Regardless, Domnina and Shabalin deserve credit for having the guts to perform wearing costumes that would get 10 year-olds laughed off the street on Halloween.



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