Two days ago, some 5,200 Australians posed naked in front of the Sydney Opera House on Monday for a photo shoot by New York-based artist Spencer Tunick.
The mass nude photo shoot in a very cold day was titled “Mardi Gras: The Base” and meant to celebrate Sydney’s Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras last weekend.
As the sun rose, Tunick instructed participants to do a number of poses, from standing up, lying down, and even embracing cheek to cheek, for over an hour.
“I want all couples to embrace and kiss, all friends to kiss and all strangers to do whatever they want,” Tunick said as he directed the crowd.
He said that his work is not about exhibitionism or eroticism but instead reveals the vulnerability of life in a rough city landscape.
Huh? What nakedness got to do with vulnerability? Millions are fully clothed and conspicuously show signs of vulnerability. I think it is a blatant act of defiance against everything normal and good.
When I grew up in one part of Malaysia and I believe in many parts of the world, skimpily dressed humans are considered taboo! And it got shorter and 'skimpier' as years went by. And today, although nudity is not normal, it is acceptable. Today, more young people have already seen pornography on the Internet and just being naked it is like "Okay, so what?"
I believe in the last days, there will be many challenges being thrown towards normalcy and decency.
The questions we must ask are...
1. What they promote, is it glorifying God or God's original intention?
2. Is what they do add good to society?
3. Can their acts be applauded and received by most people in the Universe?
4. Deep inside you, can you be proud of what you are doing and proudly tell it to your family and friends?
Is Sydney and the Opera House stand proud for this act? You judge!