May 18, 2021

Maori News & Indigenous Views

Stripper disrespects Uluru and its people

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Blog: Footprints Downunder: As reported this morning in our article ‘Ayers Rock Strip Tease will cause outrage‘ the outrage has begun, Australia’s most powerful Indigenous groups say French woman Alizee Sery should be deported for her naked dance on top of Uluru.

Traditional owner Alison Hunts, says she is outraged at the lack of respect for the indigenous people living in the area.

We try our best to share our land with many walks of life and coming here and doing that is just disrespect – it’s not acceptable at all,” she said.

Although Ms Sery gave an interview with the Sunday Territorian stating that she meant no disrespect, outrage has still been the first knee jerk reaction as was anticipated this morning when the news broke.

Ms Sery has tried to justify her Ayers Rock striptease with the following statements.

I am aware that Uluru is sacred in their culture. My project is a tribute to the greatness of the Rock,” she said. What we need to remember is that traditionally, the Aboriginal people were living naked. So stripping down was a return to what it was like. After such a hard climb, when you reach the top, the view and the magic of the place gives you an amazing feeling of peace and freedom. You want to sing, dance and strip.”

The central Land Council’s director has voiced his own two cents saying that this is indicative of many people that ignore the traditional owners requests not to climb the rock. Although it is not illegal to climb the rock, and was a pinnacle criteria to it being given back to the traditional owners.

Being able to climb the rock is still the biggest tourism draw card for people visiting the site in the first place, although the actions of Ms Sery are only going to add fuel to the already raging pressure to ban the climbing of the Australian iconic destination.

Where do we go now? If you ban climbing the rock, tourism will drop to the area, as for many visitors if you cannot climb it that just makes the long journey there all that bit more not enticing, it will also have a dramatic effect on the revenue that is currently generated by all that wish to climb. Lets get one thing straight here, the outrage should be concentrated on the dance on top of the rock and not a reason to put further pressure on the banning of the climb, as that does no good for anyone.

The comments given on the first article have given a mixed bag response, some saying it is outrageous and others saying it is allot of fuss about nothing, one commenter goes further in saying it is the Indigenous people that should be ashamed when you see their communities and how the money is spent.

What do you say? Is it media generated hype and no real harm has been done, has it given the Indigenous people another excuse to have a whine, or is it an outrage? It is going to heat up as it now hits the mainstream news programs.

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2 thoughts on “Stripper disrespects Uluru and its people

  1. That's a twist. Most ancient and modern religions on Earth have been disrespecting strippers for much longer, from what I've seen.

    Sincerely, your humble gorilla

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