Sep 27, 2012
By Scott Walker
There’s a heated debate going on in China over the use of traditional Opera pieces by a bikini contest
The women appeared on stage wearing headpieces styled after traditional Peking Opera. Photos were made public this week, which ignited public debate about protecting the country’s cultural traditions.
Organizers of the Miss Bikini International Committee defend the use of Chinese opera elements as a bold artistic attempt. Supporters say such experiments should be tolerated in commercial endeavours. Opponents say it insults the traditional art form, which typically appeals to older people.
The debate first began on China’s active social media, but state media soon chimed in with equally split opinions.