$1,250 fine, 2-year ban for scantily-clad singers

Entertainers who show too much flesh and those who lip-sync on stage could be fined up to VND25 million (US$1,250) and banned from performance for a period of up to 2 years, according the latest proposal from the Ministry of Culture, Sport and Tourism.

The proposal was announced at a meeting on June 1 to implement the government’s guideline No.65 on re-organizing art and fashion performance activities.

According to the ministry, the penalty will be applied to performers who change their performances without permission from managing agencies, perform in skimpy costumes, have vulgar speech while performing as well as lip-sync on stage.

Organizers of shows in which performers violate the regulations will also receive the same fines.

Also, the Performing Arts Department will ask local TV and radio stations not to broadcast the violating shows.

Still, the strict fine on lip-syncing is under debate by local artists.

“We can’t completely ban lip-syncing since we don’t have a professional sound system for large shows gathering 2,000 to 3,000 performers,” Outstanding Artist Tran Binh said.

Moreover, at the meeting, representatives of art managing agencies also suggested issuing certificates to models so that not anyone can claim to be a model.

Last month, a minor penalty against local pop singer Thu Minharoused fury among many people.

At a music show in Ho Chi Minh City on April 20, the singer wore revealing clothes criticized by the public as being offensive and not appropriate with traditional culture.

But the fine is a mere VND3.5 million or US$175, which is considered a light slap on the wrist that serves as a poor deterrent compared with the fame the singer attracted after the scandal.

Source: Tuoi Tre Online

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