A day after a popular Israeli singer was ordered off stage for wearing a bikini top at a government-backed beach concert near Tel Aviv, Israel’s Culture Ministry announced that they would be introducing rule changes that would require performers at government-sponsored events to dress modestly. The goal of these changes, a Culture Ministry spokesman said, was to ensure that “festivals and events funded by public money will respect the general public, which includes different communities.”
Hanna Goor, a singer who became famous in Israel after her appearance on a TV talent show, said she was told to “get dressed” by a production representative during a performance at a beach festival in Tel Aviv. After she refused, he kicked her off the stage and ended the set after just her third song. According to her contract, Goor said, her performance was supposed to last an hour and a half. The singer publicly decried the “double standard” of being invited to perform at a beach festival only to be kicked out for dressing in beachwear. “It wasn’t a provocation but simply a matter of comfort,” said Goor of her attire. “It’s summer, it’s hot, and we were at the beach.”
Israel’s Culture Ministry disputed the claim that Goor’s performance was cut short, but said that removing her from the stage was “necessary” because she did not “respect the general public who attended the show.” The Culture Ministry spokesperson added that “this is exactly the difference between freedom of expression and freedom of funding,” and that production companies working with the ministry will receive “orderly instructions” to make sure their new wardrobe policies are enforced.
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