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Breast painting: Is it art or even a talent?

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"If she painted normally there would be nothing special," so she used her breasts, but is it really art ? 


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Breast painting shocks minister

18/06/2012
Online Reporters

The Culture Ministry will call a meeting with organisers of Thailand's Got Talent after the popular programme aired a female contestant painting on a canvas with her bare breasts on national television on Sunday.

Culture Minister Sukumol Khunploem said on Monday that the programme had high ratings and people of all ages watched it.

The programme was televised when children were likely to be watching, she said.

"There must be limits on artistic expression. I was shocked when I saw the clip," Ms Sukumol said. "The ministry will meet the organisers of Thailand's Got Talent to get an explanation."

"The show was a recording and not a live broadcast and the organisers could edit "inappropriate" content, she added.

The clip below, uploaded to YouTube by DuangAesthetic, shows a Thailand's Got Talent contestant removing her shirt and bra, pouring paint on her bare breasts and rubbing her body on a canvas.

One of the three judges said the act was inappropriate to the country's culture and expressed her disappointment with many of the audience who voiced their support for the 23-year-old contestant.

Two other judges said the woman passed the audition, saying the act was another type of artistic expression.

The contestant told the judges that if she painted normally there would be nothing special.

(Source: Bangkok Post, Breast painting shocks minister, 18/06/2012, Online Reporters, link



Body Art Vocabulary

body art - "art made on, with, or consisting of, the human body. The most common forms of body art are tattoos and body piercings, but other types include scarification, branding, scalpelling, shaping (for example tight-lacing of corsets), full body tattoo and body painting" (See Wikipedia)

body painting - painting the skin on a large part of the body (not just a small part like a tattoo) creating a work of art on the body that lasts from hours to weeks (See Wikipedia)

breasts - two soft round parts on the front of a woman's body that produce milk when she has a baby usually covered by clothing เต้านม, นมแม่ (See Wikipedia)
bare breasts - breasts without clothing covering and hiding them

shock - being very surprised by something bad and unexpected
breast painting shocks minister

express (verb) - to show your feelings or emotions in some way
expression (noun)  

artistic expression - using art to express ideas and feelings
limits on artistic expression - laws or censorship that prevents people seeing or reading something the government considers "obscene"

erotic art - "any artistic work that is intended to evoke erotic arousal or that depicts scenes of love-making. It includes paintings, engravings, drawings, sculptures, photographs, music and writing," "Whether or not an instance of erotic art is obscene depends on the standards of the community in which it is displayed" (See Wikipedia)

obscenity - any writing, art or action that offends the people in a community of people who live together (who consider it immoral, disgusting or indecent), "whether or not an instance of erotic art is obscene depends on the standards of the community in which it is displayed, "the definition of what exactly constitutes an obscenity differs from culture to culture, between communities within a single culture, and also between individuals within those communities. Many cultures have produced laws to define what is considered to be obscene, and censorship is often used to try to suppress or control materials that are obscene under these definitions: usually including, but not limited to, pornographic material" (See Wikipedia)

obscene (adjective)

canvas - the cloth that painters paint with oil paints on
paint on a canvas

female - of a woman สำหรับผู้หญิง
contestant - someone who competes in a contest or competition ผู้แข่งขัน
female contestant

a female contestant painting on a canvas with her bare breasts 

meeting - when a group of people come together to discuss issues and make decisions การประชุม
call a meeting - gather together for a meeting

organizer - a person or organization that is producing (making arrangements and preparations) for a big event
organisers of Thailand's Got Talent

national - a citizen of a particular country ประชาชน
national television - TV programmes that are shown all over the country

air TV programme - broadcasxt or show a TV programme
aired on national television - broadcast or shown on national TV

The Culture Ministry will call a meeting with organisers of Thailand's Got Talent after the popular programme aired a female contestant painting on a canvas with her bare breasts on national television on Sunday.

ratings - numbers that compare and show how good something is
TV ratings - a measure that shows how many people like a TV programme (used to price advertising and measure advertising value of show)
the programme had high ratings

Culture Minister Sukumol Khunploem said on Monday that the programme had high ratings and people of all ages watched it.

televise - broadcast; show on TV
televise programme - broadcast TV programme; show programme on TV

The programme was televised when children were likely to be watching, she said.

ministry - a government department dealing with an area of activity กระทรวง

"There must be limits on artistic expression. I was shocked when I saw the clip," Ms Sukumol said. "The ministry will meet the organisers of Thailand's Got Talent to get an explanation."

broadcast - to send out a programme on television or radio กระจายเสียง,กระจายข่าว
live broadcast - a TV show that is shown at the same time as it happening (being made); no time to change it (edit it)

prerecorded show
- a TV show that is not a "live broadcast"; recorded and then broadcast later (so there is time to edit the show)

edit - to prepare a text, tape or film for use by correcting mistakes and deciding what will be removed and what will be kept in, etc ตัดตอ
inappropriate - not appropriate, not acceptable

content - the subject, ideas, or story that a piece of writing or a radio or television programme deals with เนื้อหา,สาระ
edit inappropriate content

"The show was a recording and not a live broadcast and the organisers could edit "inappropriate" content, she added.

rub - to press and move your hands or some other object over a surface
rubbing her body on the canvas

The clip below, uploaded to YouTube by DuangAesthetic, shows a Thailand's Got Talent contestant removing her shirt and bra, pouring paint on her bare breasts and rubbing her body on a canvas.

appropriate - what is right and suitable in a situation or for some purpose
innappropriate - what is not right or suitable in a situation
the act was inappropriate

audience - the people who watch an event happen; the group of people gathered in one place to watch or listen to a play, film, someone speaking, etc. ผู้ชม

voice
- say what you think about a particular subject, especially to espress a doubt, complaint, etc. that you have about it แสดงความคิดเห็น
support - help, by giving money or just by saying that you believe they are right สนับสนุน
voice support - say publicly that you think someone is right 

One of the three judges said the act was inappropriate to the country's culture and expressed her disappointment with many of the audience who voiced their support for the 23-year-old contestant.

audition - giving a sample performance to be selected for a movie or performance event, "a sample performance by an actor, singer, musician, dancer or other performer. It typically involves the performer displaying their talent through a previously memorized and rehearsed solo piece or by performing a work or piece given to the performer at the audition or shortly before. In some cases, such as with a model or acrobat, the individual may be asked to demonstrate a range of professional skills. Actors may be asked to present a monologue. Singers will perform a song in a popular music context or an aria in a Classical context. A dancer will present a routine in a specific style, such as ballet, tap dance or hip-hop, or show his or her ability to quickly learn a choreographed dance piece. The audition is a systematic process in which industry professionals select performers, which is in some ways analogous to a job interview in the regular job market. In an audition, the employer is testing the ability of the applicant to meet the needs of the job and assess how well the individual will take directions and deal with changes"  (See Wikipedia)

pass audition -
succeed in an audition and be selected (performer selected after giving a good performance in an audition) 

Two other judges said the woman passed the audition, saying the act was another type of artistic expression. The contestant told the judges that if she painted normally there would be nothing special.



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