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Fashion Faux Pas: The Athletic Wear Edition

25 Nov 2010

As if women haven’t been blamed for enough failures of man: the cheerleaders on the sand at the beach volleyball courts in Guangzhou, China are now the site of transference for male inadequacy. At the 16th Asian Games, Yemeni beach volleyballer Adeeb Mahfoudh claimed “they had something to do with our losing the match.”

In the pool, a similarly sized outfit has landed the Singaporean men’s water polo team in an uncomfortable position. Their swimsuits showcase the colors and — ahem — symbols of the Singaporean flag. [Ed. Note: “It’s a crescent moon, I swear!”]

Via Straits Times

The Ministry of Information, Culture and the Arts blames the team for not checking in to show what they were really wearing underneath their clothes before going out. Of course, if MICA were a good parent, they would know you have to check the closets ahead of time because you can never trust teenagers (or in this case, adults proudly trying to win medals for their country). Even though the team manager said there was “no need” to check with MICA ahead of time (true rebel), the Ministry maintains that if they had asked “we would have told them that their design is inappropriate.”

However, as the house rules clearly state in the Singapore Arms and Flag and National Anthem Act, “no person shall use the flag or any image thereof as or as part of any costume or attire unless approval is given by the Minister.” The Minister should remember, just because that’s the only piece of clothing they’re wearing, it’s not the only place people are looking.

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