Soon you might have an A-Adult Rating Tag on the IPLT20 match advertisment. If the moral brigade and some politicians have their way this absurd notion could actually become reality.Sorry kids, you are not allowed in the stadium, you are too young to watch IPLT20.
Today Bharatiya Janata Party leader Shatrughan Sinha criticised the presence of the cheerleaders at the Indian Premiere League matches.
Hitting out at the organisers of the IPL for the presence of cheer-girls at the stadiums, actor-turned politician today (April 24) said organisers are making a 'mockery' of cricket.
He termed the move to bring cheer girls from abroad for performing as "indecent dance".(I wonder what did was he thinking when he was dancing around in movies!) Sinha said it is "difficult to find cricket in these matches".
In a rather strong criticism of the cheerleaders the actor & MP has said it is better to employ bar girls who are out of work after the Maharashtra government banned them rather than employ scantily clad cheerleaders.Since we are good at banning stuff lets ban the cheerleaders and some political parties (e.g. BJP opponent Congress) while we are at it.
Earlier, CPI leader D Raja said one cannot expect any ethics or morality since cheerleaders are fallout of commercialising the game. Since anything the public enjoys is against the ethics and morality (according to the communists) why not ban cricket itself?
Popular Pakistani cricketer Shahid Afridi said the girls in skimpy outfits on the cricket ground were a distraction for batsmen. He wanted a ban on them.Then he would say ban females from the stadium because they distract him. Are you here to play cricket or watch the babes dude?
The Maharashtra government on Thursday said that it was considering a ban on cheerleaders in the DLF IPL matches in Mumbai. The objection on the cheerleaders was raised in the State Legislative Council by Maharashtra BJP president Nitin Gadkari, who is also a member of the House. Gadkari said it was degrading to women and should be banned.
"If the state has banned dance bars then how is it allowing vulgar dances by scantily-clad cheerleaders in IPL matches?" he asked. Maharahstra's Minister of State for Home, Siddharam Mhetre, said the home department would examine the issue and take a decision accordingly.
Hey how about scantily clad film heroines dancing in water falls?
The BCCI's stand on this entire episode is still unknown as IPL commissioner and BCCI vice-president, Lalit Modi declined of being aware of any such objections on the cheerleaders.
"I have not heard the ministers statement and cannot respond directly to this."
He, however, assured that all necessary guidelines have been followed by the IPL.
"All necessary guidelines for the performances of cheerleaders at IPL matches have been followed. We have broken no rules," he added.
Modi defended the cheerleaders saying, "If there are dancers on stage for so many Bollywood stage shows, why should there be any objection to cheerleaders. We call them cheerleaders and others call them dancers".
So ,do we watch IPLT20 for the game or the cheerleaders? I would say both, after all T20 cricket always had drama, action and suspense, all it was missing was glamour, now we have that too. Who are we to complain? Don't like it, don't watch it. simple