The dance troupe that twerked in front of a brand new warship to celebrate its unveiling criticized the ABC for making it “misleading”.
Dancers from 101Doll Squadron say they feel “threatened, exploited and endangered” amid widespread criticism over decision to use their racy routine as part of ceremony used to launch $ 2 billion HMAS Supply in Sydney on Saturday.
The band members performed before Governor General David Hurley and Defense Chief Angus Campbell arrived – but the ABC edited the footage to make it look like these dignitaries were watching their racy routine.
“We found this very scary and are giving more thought to the ABC camera operator and their need to sexualize these women and their dance piece for their own gratification,” the group said in a statement.
The troop – made up of indigenous and multiracial members – said they had no intention of disrespecting and insisted the images were taken out of context.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted the ABC for comment.
Governor General David Hurley (pictured wearing glasses) was seated at the front and center of the ceremony – but attended after the dance performance
Previously, former soldier turned politician Jacqui Lambie called the decision to use the suggestive dance “absolute shock”.
“I thought I was watching the Super Bowl over there for a split second, I’m going to be honest with you,” she told Nine’s Today.
“Whoever made this call, it’s an absolute shock for God’s sake.”
Senator Lambie added: “It’s good that these young women came out, but I’m telling you, being half-dressed on the outside of a warship is probably inappropriate.
“If this is the leadership of our defense forces, may God help our sons and daughters who serve. “
Another former soldier-turned-politician, LNP member for Herbert Philip Thompson, said the military’s attempts to be more contemporary and inclusive were ill-conceived.
“ADF’s standards, and certainly when putting a ship into service, should be a little higher than that,” he told the ABC earlier this week.
“Our ADF should not be on the left or on the right; they should be at the heart of their work, and their job is to defend our nation, our interests, our values, our sovereignty, but also when we go on operations, to have aggression and violence without excuse to carry out the mission. ‘
He added: “We have woken up a bit in the last few years and we cannot afford to do this.”
Videos from the event show seven women performing a choreography as they are dressed in black shorts, crop tops and red berets.
HMAS Supply’s new navy ship was launched by a group of scantily clad women twerking (pictured) at Woolloomooloo in Sydney
The HMAS supply ship company stands on the upper decks at the end of its commissioning ceremony (pictured on Saturday)
The launch was attended by officials including the Governor General and the Chief of the Navy
Some social media commentators agreed the dance move was too suggestive for an official government event.
“It doesn’t matter who the girls are, it’s not appropriate,” one person said.
“At a time when we are promoting the right of women to be unobjective, there are other dance moves that would be fun and just as energetic.”
Other commentators found the incident “bizarre”.
“I definitely wouldn’t believe you if the HMAS Supply banner wasn’t visible in the background. It’s … too strange, said one of them.
“It’s an interpretive dance, telling how the Navy doesn’t have the budget to organize proper entertainment for this ship launch after spending all its money on submarines,” another joked.
The defense said the dance was organized in order to “engage with the local community”
Governor General David Hurley (pictured) is seen arriving at the ceremony for the new $ 2 billion boat on Saturday
A defense spokesperson told Daily Mail Australia the dance was organized to engage with the local community and precedes the formal part of the ceremony.
“HMAS Supply and the Royal Australian Navy are committed to working with Australians from all walks of life to actively support local charities and community groups,” they said.
“The dance was performed prior to the commencement of commissioning formalities and prior to the arrival of His Excellency the Governor General, Chief of the Navy and Commander of the Australian Fleet.”
The key role of HMAS Supply is to provide support to naval combat units. The ship will now undergo tests.
What will the HMAS supply be used for?
HMAS Supply is the lead ship of two Supply Supply Vessels being built for the Royal Australian Navy by Spanish shipbuilder Navantia.
Australian Supply Class ships are based on the Cantabria Class design of the Spanish Navy.
The ships are intended to carry fuel, dry cargo, water, food, ammunition, equipment and spare parts to provide operational support to deployed naval or combat forces operating away from port in high seas for longer periods.
In addition to refueling, ships can be used to combat environmental pollution at sea, provide logistical support to the armed forces, and support humanitarian and disaster relief operations.
Source: Australian Navy