A new decree (Decree 158) stipulates that as of January 1 2014, artists who wear revealing clothes, lip sync onstage or are offensive in other ways during performances, will be subjected to increasingly stringent penalties, including the doubling of fines and if deemed necessary a nationwide 1-3 month ban on performing.
According to the new decree, singers, actors and models will be fined up to VND10 million (US$472) for wearing scanty outfits or costumes that are deemed culturally inappropriate.
Artists who lip sync or play recordings in solo instrumental performances will be fined VND5-10 million ($238-472).
The harsher fines and penalties are designed to put a curb on local artists' inappropriate performance. In recent years, many singers, actors and models have got involved in sex scandals or have flaunted their bodies onstage or online.
While many people feel this new decree is necessary, stating the potentially negative influences the artists' revealing outfits could have on the public, especially youngsters, as a reason, others feel this could limit the creativity and personal identity of artists, who have to go out of the boundaries of the humdrum of everyday life to make an impact. Lady Gaga is one example of this.
What do you think of this new rule? Where to draw the line between having this ban and still allowing personal artists to express themselves? In your country, is there any similar restriction? Who's your favorite Vietnamese artist who is known for being "weird" or "different"?
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