ABC has apologised following criticism of misleading editing of a dance troupe on social media.
ABC News’ original social media video about the Royal Australian Navy’s launch event for HMAS Supply on the weekend featured a performance by dance group 101 Doll Squadron. The performance include ‘twerking’ as part of their routine.
ABC has issued a statement apologising for cut-away shots suggesting Governor-General David Hurley, the Chief of Navy and the Chief of Defence watching with stony faces.
“This was incorrect. While the Chief of Defence was present, the Governor-General and the Chief of Navy in fact arrived after the performance,” ABC said in a statement.
“Our reporting team initially believed they were present both because they were shown in footage of the event and because a Government MP had said that they were present.
“The video should not have been edited in that way and the ABC apologises to the Governor-General and the Chief of Navy, and to viewers, for this error.”
The report that went to air on ABC’s 7pm News bulletin on Wednesday night did not include the footage. It said its online story has also been updated to make this clear.
“The performance occurred before the Governor-General arrived,” a statement from Mr Hurley’s office said.
“The presentation of the video to suggest otherwise was disappointing.”
PM Scott Morrison also said he was ‘“disappointed” in the way the ABC reported on the event.
101 Doll Squadron also issued a statement blasting ABC.
“We are very disappointed at the ABC’s deceptive editing of their video piece which cut to guests and dignitaries who were not in attendance, and shot from angles which could not be seen by the audience,” they said.
Their statement also condemned what they believed was the ABC’s “need to sexualise these women and their dance piece”.
“These are the images appearing in the media and the ABC have a lot to answer for in making us feel threatened and exploited.”
101 Dance Squadron said of their choreography, “It was meant to bring an informal sense of celebration; a gift from one of our community groups to open a modern ship, with a modern dance form.”
The troupe has since deleted their Facebook page and made their Instagram account private.
Source: Guardian Australia