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I have to admit to not actually seeing Rita Ora's appearance on the "One Show" when it was broadcast - I read about it the next morning (and evening - but I will get to that in a minute).
Apparently Ms Ora sparked off complaints to the BBC and to OFCOM for the outfit she was "wearing". More to the point the jacket she was wearing along with what she wasn't wearing underneath it. If you missed it she was wearing a cream jacket which was done up with one button but she wasn't wearing anything underneath it - not even a bra.
The "One Show" and the BBC had two very differing reactions to it. The BBC said that she was merely wearing what a Celebrity would wear whilst the "One Show said, "If we had known what she was planning on wearing we would have advised her to wear something more appropriate for prime time television".
I can kind of see both sides of the argument.
If Ms Ora genuinely feels comfortable wearing that style of clothing she is free to do so - either in her private life or when she is on stage. I have no argument with that.
My argument is as follows;
Females are caught in the middle of a vicious argument. On one hand there is a campaign to get rid of the "Page 3" topless pictures of women from the British tabloid commonly known as "The Sun". This is because the pictures cause men to see and treat women as sex-objects. On the other hand women are supposed to be able to wear what they want to in public without being seen as "sexually available" or "asking for rape" if they wear revealing outfits.
Nowhere in these arguments have I seen any comments on what "society" would view as Respectable Dress or Appropriate Dress for different situations.
For example - Rita Ora is a role model to her fans. I wonder what she would choose to wear for a job interview??? I also wonder what she would encourage her fans to wear to a job interview???
I am not for one minute suggesting we go back to the days when Celebrities appeared on TV in formal Evening wear (or even suit and tie) to be interviewed. I just think that a little more consideration would go a long way. Especially as there seems to be a Government drive to stop the premature sexualisation of children.
Just because you have the sort of body and physique which would look good just wearing a black bin liner (with holes cut in it for your head and arms) - the chances are you would think twice about wearing it in public (unless maybe you were Lady GaGa).
It is all very well saying that "there is no such thing as bad publicity". However, there is such a thing as public responsibility.
What really made me cross about the whole furore over Ms Ora's outfit was the comment piece I read about it on the Guardian website later that evening.
One lady (whose name I have managed to erase from my brain) wrote a piece saying that she didn't think people should have been offended enough by Ms Ora's outfit to complain about it.
The people who complained about the outfit may have had children watching with them or they might not like her outfit for reasons of personal taste and decency.
We have to go one of two ways with this debate - either treat women and men as exactly the same and let men go topless on Prime Time TV chatshows - or go back to when really classy women knew that you could look more sexy by staying covered up with hints of flesh showing here and there. Me??? I would prefer the second option. After all, how many times have you seen the big stars from yesteryear wearing next to nothing on TV???
The best kind of gorgeousness or glamour comes from the inside. Confidence in who you are, treating people with friendship and respect, being true to yourself, and loyalty, are more gorgeous and glamourous than threatening to expose your breasts live on national Prime Time TV if a button comes undone at the wrong moment - in my opinion at least.
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