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I have a guilty confession to make. I’ve been watching Britain’s Got Talent. Usually, I avoid anything that has ‘reality TV’ written all over it and scowl when it clogs up my news feed on Twitter. However, due to a mixture of moving house and new habit of watching TV most evenings after work, I seem to have fallen into the trap.
For those of you who are sick of BGT (or ‘bigot’ – oh I’m so witty), I’ll keep this short. This is the only post of this kind I will ever do but I thought that a lot of you would appreciate the Japan twist. If you’re a bit of a die hard Japanophile, you’ll probably be one of those people who tears their hair out at people who completely misinterpret the culture with horrifying results.
Case in point: Geisha Davis
Oh god, that face will forever haunt me in my sleep! Let’s compare this to a geisha you might be more familiar with . . .
Would I be stating the obvious that the makeup, clothes and terrifying manner are all wrong? Oh well, I just did. So, what geisha-like things would Geisha (that is apparently her legal name) be doing?
Source: john stevens @ Youtube
‘I-I . . . what is this?’ (followed by 5 minutes of a very confused and distraught face)
Rapping about nursery rhyme characters whilst dressed as a geisha (or frilly handkerchief) probably doesn’t count as talent. But of course, this is BGT, so this girl will be performing in the semi-finals sometime this week. Spectacle, naturally. I can’t make up my mind about Geisha – is she actually a complete nutcase who genuinely believes she is a geisha and has a message for the people, or does she just enjoy acting like this and playing up to the part for the media attention? My vote lies somewhere in the middle, although I don’t want to imagine that anyone can actually be that crazy
At the end of the day, I have to say ‘good for you’ to Geisha for doing what she obviously likes (performing and rapping nursery rhymes) and not giving a damn about what anyone else might say. Still, this is the furthest thing possible from geisha culture but I don’t think that’s really the point this girl’s trying to make.