We now live in an era where we find out most of what is happening around the world via social media. Before it hits the news stands, one would’ve already heard about or seen it on one’s Facebook or Twitter feed. Granted that the validity of more than half of what is splashed online cannot be trusted, we do learn about many things we were previously unaware of.
This is exactly what happened to me a few days ago.
I was scrolling through my Facebook newsfeed while enjoying a cup of coffee when I came across a video that was shared by a friend. What I saw, however, has left me scarred for life.
The video featured some school children, all of whom looked no older than 12 years of age, dancing to the beat of the music playing in the background along a corridor of a school building.
It wasn’t the fact that they were dancing that disturbed me; it was how they were dancing that left me flabbergasted.
At the beginning, two pairs of male and female children were seen dancing in the most provocative manner one could think of.
I was revolted after watching them for just mere seconds, but forced myself to watch it till the end because I knew that I was going to have to write about it.
After a while, one of the boys disappeared and the two girls fought for the remaining boy, with both tugging and pulling at him to get closer. The three of them continued dancing in an unbelievably lewd manner with a lot of twerking and grinding involved.
Needless to say, I was stumped!
First, the shock hit me. Then, it was the repulsion. Soon after, it was rage and disappointment.
How could this have happened? Who would allow for something like this to take place? Why was it even condoned, on school grounds of all places?
I had so many questions, all without answers as the description in the video didn’t reveal much.
Determined to get to the bottom of this, I started digging for more information.
I recognised the music as Latino-influenced, and proceeded from that point.
Apparently the footage, which was filmed in the city of Camaguey in central Cuba, had been originally posted by the father of one of the boys, who proudly claimed that his son was “showing off his moves”.
It involved sexually provocative moves which is something one would commonly find in many of the latest music videos.
The video, which sparked outrage worldwide, was then deleted but copies of the footage were downloaded and re-posted on social media sites, which then continued going viral before making it to news headlines.
Too little too late, are we not?
I simply cannot fathom the logic behind this.
We are talking about young children who presumably have not even reached puberty!
We are talking about young children clad in school uniforms doing something most adults would be shy doing in public!
We are talking about innocent minds being tainted by things that they shouldn’t be exposed to at such a tender age!
It’s terrifying to think that these kids, who probably still have problems with basic grammar and multiplication tables, were acting in a manner that is certainly most unthinkable for a child.
This is where I feel that the parents, to a certain extent, are responsible.
When I spoke to my mother about this, something she said made perfect sense: It’s a clear cut case of monkey see monkey do. These kids are exactly what they are: kids. They see something, they emulate because they simply don’t know any better. It’s as simple as that. It is the responsibility of the adults (their parents, in this case) to supervise their children and teach them what’s right and wrong.
I think I can safely speak for most of us here when I say that dancing in such a sexually provocative manner is evidently unsuitable and absolutely unacceptable for a young school-going child.
I have not heard of such cases in Malaysia as yet, but I could be wrong.
Perhaps there are, but simply not made public.
I really hope I’m wrong. It frightens me to think otherwise.
Ashley Greig, a lecturer at Sunway College, is a Malaysian-born Eurasian with
Scottish/Japanese/Indian lineage. She
believes in a tomorrow where there is no racism and hatred