A TWERKING dance troupe have come under fire after enacting an “inappropriate” routine that upstaged a tribute to Prince Philip at the unveiling of a new Navy warship in Australia.
The seven-strong ‘101 Doll Squadron’ were condemned after showing off their raunchy routine in front of the HMAS Supply – but they blamed the backlash on “deceptive editing” by the Australian Broadcasting Corp (ABC).
The news clip showed the girls performing to Wiley’s Sean Paul collaboration Boasty, between shots of awkward-looking officials uncomfortably looking away.
Aussie politicians slammed the display as a “s***show”, after the controversial choreography eclipsed the ceremony’s touching tribute to the late Prince Philip.
However, the group have since hit out at the broadcaster and their “need to sexualise these women and their dance piece”, revealing the dignitaries were actually not present for the performance.
“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 in a statement.
“We found this very creepy.
“These are the images appearing in the media and the ABC have a lot to answer for in making us feel threatened and exploited.”
The ABC issued an apology for the editing of the footage, claiming a government MP had told their reporters both the governor general and the chief of navy were in the audience observing the dance.
They corrected the original piece and admitted the clip did not reflect the true chronology of the ceremony.
“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 statement said.