The country of Cambodia’s law enforcement bureaucracy has proudly announced it has arrested ten people, men and women, caught dancing while scantily clothed. It reminded me of how many people make a living all over the world taking their clothes off.
It reminded me, too, of an earlier time when agricultural fair “girl shows” were common. A carnival barker would stand in front of a tent shouting about the shocking show inside to start in just minutes. Sometimes a couple of bored looking young women would stand with him.
When I was a teen aged farm boy I went to the Iowa State Fair and paid my $0.50 to see “Lash LaRue” on the midway. He was a “B” movie actor who subdued guns of villains with a bull whip. I remember the “Lash” tent was right next door to a girl show.
A few days into fair week, some local preachers held a news conference complaining about the girl show. They said it was immoral to host such entertainment at family oriented state fair.
Lash LaRue quickly held his own news conference saying he was closing his show because the preachers had informed him there was immoral entertainment in the same midway. I remind you his tent was next door.
I read later he quietly reopened his show a day later having achieved the publicity he wanted. He and the show girls next door probably laughed over some beers.
Lash and Cambodian police both know there is money in expressing moral outrage about people not properly dressed.