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Debate gets heated as Peking Opera matches with Bikini

(People's Daily Online)

10:20, September 29, 2012


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Background

Recently, photos of Misses Bikini wearing high-heel shoes but Beijing opera headwear, called “Miss Beijing opera bikini”, in an international bikini contest widely spreading on the Internet have triggered heated debate.

Opinions of public

>>>Mixture of Beijing opera and bikinis is not art

Opinions of netizens
Some people said that it is an inheritance and innovation of traditional arts while more people held negative attitude towards it, saying that such combo is completely a mistake. Someone even considered it an insult of traditional Chinese culture and said, "The meaning of bikini is in conflict with the traditional culture embodied by Beijing Opera, so the combination only makes viewers feel embarrassed and uncomfortable. As Beijing Opera has been spread for several hundred years, how can its quintessence be represented only by wearing the headdresses?"

Opinions of organizing committee

>>>Carry forward traditional Chinese culture

Executive chairman with the organizing committee of the Miss Bikini international pageant Li Yulong said in an interview that these photos on the Internet were from the news conference held in April 2012 and the performers were previous winners. Li explained that the organizer of the pageant proposed the idea and it did not deliberately mimic Beijing Opera, but used the particular form to express traditional Chinese drama. "We hoped to carry forward Chinese culture by bikini contest but never intended to insult Beijing Opera," Li said.

Opinions of experts

>>>Peking Opera deserves respect

Vice president of Sichuan Opera Theatre of Chengdu and famous actress of Sichuan Opera Chen Qiaoru said in an interview, "As a traditional artist, I think the combination goes too far and looks very vulgar, even though the traditional arts need to be reformed and innovated." [Read more]

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