On May 14, the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism in Ho Chi Minh City announced that it had fined local pop singer Thu Minh for wearing a costume that showing a lot of cleavage at a recent music show.
At the show titled “Ngan Sao Hoi Tu” (Convergence of a Thousand Stars) in Cau Vong (Rainbow) Theatre at 126 Cach Mang Thang Street in HCMC on April 20, the singer wore revealing clothes which were criticised by the public as being offensive and inappropriate to traditional Vietnamese culture and customs.
On May 3, the Department of Performance under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism sent a report to the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism asking for severe punishment for Thu Minh.
|Singer Thu Minh (photo VNExpress)|
According to Vo Trong Nam, deputy director of the department, the fine is far too gentle since this is the first time Minh has violated the law. He also added that if the singer continues to dress similarly, the penalty will be heavier.
Thanh Thao Production Company, the show’s organiser also received a warning.
In March, local model Thai Ha was fined VND5 million for exposing her breasts in a skimpy outfit at an advertising event in HCMC.
Similarly, last August, the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism in Quang Binh Province announced a VND3.5 million fine against the organiser of “Night of Beauties” charity music show in which many performers, including singers Minh Hang, Yen Trang and Hoang Thuy Linh wore skimpy costumes.
Last September, public anger was raised after the Department of International Cooperation under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism appointed actress Ly Nha Ky as its first tourism ambassador, since the actress has been known for exposing her body.
In a play titled “General Vo Nguyen Giap and the Symphony of Dien Bien”, which was broadcast live on TV, Ly Nha Ky wore a thin dress that showed much of her cleavage.