Why Australia is in hysterics over a ‘navy twerking’ dance

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A video of dancers twerking in hotpants at an Australian military event has sent the country into a spin. The scene was incongruous, bizarre and funny. So of course it went viral when it emerged on Wednesday. But the music video-style choreography – featuring thumps, thrusts and butt shakes – also came under attack. Conservative lawmakers led the chorus of those calling it “inappropriate”. Tabloids splashed headlines slamming military standards. But others found offence elsewhere – projecting shame onto the dancers, and labelling their routine as too “sexualised”.

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