Updated: April 15, 2021 10:43:04 am
A video of a group of students twerking during an official event to celebrate the launch of a new Navy ship has left netizens shocked after it went viral on social media.
In the 49-second clip, a group of dancers clad in bright red and black bodysuits are seen performing in front of senior Navy officials, the Governer-General and Federal MPs attending the launch of the new ship at Garden Island naval base.
The clip, which is being widely circulated online, was also shared by ABC Defence Correspondent Andrew Greene along with a tweet that read, “We’ve got the CDF, we’ve got members of Parliament there, and the Governor-General’s there, I don’t think it’s appropriate to be twerking. I think our standards in the ADF, and definitely commissioning a ship, should be a little bit higher than that.”
Watch the video here:
“We’ve got the CDF, we’ve got members of Parliament there, and the Governor-General’s there, I don’t think it’s appropriate to be twerking. I think our standards in the ADF, and definitely commissioning a ship, should be a little bit higher than that”. https://t.co/Nn1DwwdbeH pic.twitter.com/id6YAND9E7
— Andrew Greene (@AndrewBGreene) April 13, 2021
According to a Daily Mail report, the event was organised for the launch of the HMAS Supply in Woolloomooloo, Sydney and was attended by Navy top officials including Governor-General David Hurley and chief Michael Joseph Noonan.
However, post the virality of the video, many have criticised the performance.
In an interview with ABC, former soldier MP Phillip Thompson said that the performance was “inappropriate for the occasion”. People on social media are also of a similar view.
“Totally inappropriate! Who on earth thought this would be OK?” tweeted a user, while another commented, “Who were they and why were they doing it?”
I feel like I’m watching a comedy sketch! Utopia? Seriously! It’s so cringeworthy and embarrassing I have no words 😶
— zadi 🕉 🐀💜 (@Zadicatwoman) April 14, 2021
No need to keep sharing the video
— Amanda McCue (@al_mq) April 13, 2021
Can anyone think of any workplace setting, other than a dance studio or school concert, where this dance routine would be appropriate?
— Tan Digi (@tandigi) April 14, 2021
Who were they and why were they doing it?
— Alan Baxter ♛ (@AlanBixter) April 14, 2021
Totally inappropriate! Who on earth thought this would be OK?
— Elaine Carbines AM (@elainecarbines) April 13, 2021
It’s not appropriate to be launching missiles at population centers but that’s probably what this ship will do.
— guriofiunta (@e_berniebromo) April 14, 2021
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