TV Globo: “Pole Dancing Is No Longer Just for Tony Soprano’s Infamous Bing”

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“Charity poll pole dance helps kids in Stockton” (U.K.). Source: Gazette Live.

TV GLOBO’s defense, to which O GLOBO had access, argues that “The soap opera is responding to the international fashion for “pole dancing,” a dance in which the women, wearing high heels and sensual clothing, performs gymnastics on a vertical bar (or pole), which is no longer confined to “stripper” ghettos, but has invaded the bars and gyms of the United States, China, Portugal, England and Argentina.”

What was just milk-shooting-out-your nose laughable, we thought, was the scene between the rich, aging housewife and the young, studly pool man — who, sensing she is watching him from behind the tropical foliage, strips to his briefest of briefs and dives provocatively into the pool. And so on. I have seen cheap San Fernando Valley porn videos with more creative dramaturgy. —Zebu Cavaco, NMM(-TV)SNB(B)CNN(P)BS TV critic, on Duas Caras

Ministério da Justiça considera ‘impertinente’ resposta da TV Globo sobre ‘Duas caras’: “Justice Ministry finds TV Globo’s response on [pole-dancing scene in its prime-time soap opera] [“non-responsive.”]

A follow-up to

And see also

The O Globo Online report is reproduced by Globo’s Revista TV:

Cresce a cada dia a possibilidade de a novela “Duas caras” ganhar nova classificação horária pelo Ministério da Justiça por conta da exibição de cenas de dança erótica da personagem Alzira (Flávia Alessandra) no capítulo do dia 16 de novembro. O Departamento de Justiça e Classificação já avaliou a resposta enviada pela TV Globo na sexta-feira e considerou que as justificativas da emissora “não foram pertinentes às demandas do departamento já que não tratam dos possíveis danos à formação da personalidade de crianças e adolescentes”. Comunicando a necessidade de reclassificar a trama de Aguinaldo Silva como inadequada para menores de 14 anos (hoje o patamar é 12 anos e 20h) – ou seja 21h -, um novo documento foi enviado nesta terça-feira ao canal, que terá cinco dias para uma nova resposta.

There is an increasing possibility that the soap opera “Two Faces” will get a new rating, requiring it to be aired in a new time slot, because of scenes of an erotic dance by the character Alzira in the episode that aired November 16. The Department of Justice and Classification has now evaluated Globo’s response, sent Friday, and considered that the broadcaster’s responses were “not responsive to the department’s demands, given that they do not address possible harms to the psychological development of children and adolescents.”

The name of the Department is the Departmento de Justiça, Classificações, Titulos e Qualificação (DEJUS).

Communicating the need to reclassify Aguinaldo Silva’s drama as inappropriate for minors under 14 — moving it to 9 pm, where currently it is rated for 12-year-olds and can air at 8 pm — a new document was dispatched this Tuesday, with a deadline of five business days for a reply.

O Ministério detectou também outras inadequações na novela que elevariam a classificação para “não recomendável para menores de 16 anos”, passando então a trama para as 22h. Mas o que está em questão é a polêmica “dança no poste” da personagem Alzira, que atingiu pico de audiência de 43 pontos.

DEJUS also detected other inadequacies in the soap that might rase the rating to “not recommended for minors under 16,” which would move it to 10 pm. But what is most controversial is the “pole dance” by Alzira, which received a peak audience of 43 points.

América, as IBOPE-watchers have been pointing out, was pulling audiences of 66 points just a couple of years ago. See

We watched a couple episodes out of curiosity — or parts of them — and had to admit that Antônio Fagundes, as Juvenal Antena, and Lázaro Ramos, the hero of the piece, are working up to their usual (stellar) standards, given the quality of the material.

Those are two extraordinary actors, no question.

What was just milk-shooting-out-your nose laughable, we thought, however, was the scene we saw between the rich, aging housewife and the young, studly pool man — who, sensing the old goat is watching him from behind the tropical foliage, while the hubby is away at work, strips to his briefest of briefs and dives provocatively into the pool. Water cascading down his trim, swimmer’s body.

And so on.

I have seen cheap — and I mean CHEAP — San Fernando Valley porn videos with more creative dramaturgy.

This, we thought, was just plain “TV repairman [pizza delivery boy] ambushed by bored, horny stewardesses on a layover [get it?]” cheap.

Em sua defesa, a TV Globo terá de dizer se acata a decisão de elevar a classificação horária para 14 anos – o que lhe causaria problemas não no Sudeste, onde a trama já vai ao ar quase às 21h, mas sim no Norte e Nordeste por conta do fuso-horário – ou adequa o conteúdo da novela para a classificação 12 anos, o que não tem sido feito hoje em dia na opinião do Ministério da Justiça, que recebeu 21 denúncias contra “Duas caras”. Caso não cumpra a decisão do departamento, o Ministério Público pode acionar judicialmente a TV Globo para fazer cumprir a determinação. Uma fonta ouvida por O GLOBO ONLINE garante que não há outra alternativa: o canal vai ter que aceitar a reclassificação horária, até porque poderiam também ser analisadas melhor outras denúncias contra a novela, como uso de drogas e abuso de cenas de violência, por exemplo.

In its defense, TV Globo will say that whether it accepts the decision to raise the rating to [the Tupi version of PG-14] — which will cause it problems, not in the Southeast, where it already goes on the air around 9 pm, but in the North and Northeast, because of the time-zone difference — or will tone down the content to a PG-12 standard, which the Ministry of Justice believes it has faild to do, after receiving 21 complaints against the program. If it does not comply, TV Globo can be sued by the Public Ministry and ordered to comply. A source told O GLOBO that there is no alternative: The channel will have to accept the new rating, if only because the soap faces other issues, such as depictions of drug use and violence, for example.

A portaria que determina o respeito da classificação indicativa até mesmo nos diferentes fusos-horários do país deve entrar em vigor em 9 de janeiro, depois de queda-de-braço com as emissoras que não querem arcar com o alto custo das transmissões de seus programas no mesmo horário em todo o Brasil.

The regulatory order determining that ratings are to be respected even in different time-zones is to enter into effect on January 9, after an arm-wrestling match with broadcasters, who do not want to bear the high cost of transitting their programs in the same time slot nationwide.

On which “arm-wrestling match,” which involved the usual shrieks of “Stalinism!” based on nonexistent facts, see also

A defesa da TV Globo, da qual O GLOBO ONLINE teve acesso, argumenta que “a novela vai ao encontro da moda internacional do ‘pole dancing’, uma dança onde a mulher, de salto alto e roupa sensual, faz acrobacias em uma barra vertical (ou mastro), que deixou de ficar restrita aos guetos de ‘strippers’ para invadir os bares e academias dos Estados Unidos, China, Portugal, Inglaterra e Argentina”.

TV GLOBO’s defense, to which O GLOBO had access, argues that “The soap opera is responding to the international fashion for “pole dancing,” a dance in which the women, wearing high heels and sensual clothing, performs gymnastics on a vertical bar (or pole), which is no longer confined to “stripper” ghettos, but has invaded the bars and gyms of the United States, China, Portugal, England and Argentina.”

Exclusive! O GLOBO (Organizações Capivara Globo) has privileged access to the defense of TV GLOBO (Organizações Capivara Globo) in the “pole dance” scandal!

I imagine a Brazilian All the President’s Men will be written about that investigative coup.

Presented in the interest of fully airing all sides of a given public case or controversy.

Globo journalism at its finest.

I watched some of HBO’s G-String Divas (it comes on at 11:30 pm, on cable), by the way, and do not recall seeing all that much clothing, sensual or otherwise.

Which is actually sort of the point of the exercise.

E continua o ofício de número 274/2007 endereçado pela TV Globo a Gustavo Camilo Baptista, coordenador de classificação indicativa do Ministério da Justiça: “A nova moda chegou ao Brasil e vem sendo retratada não só na novela ‘Duas caras’, mas em vários programas de televisão exibidos por outras emissoras de canal aberto. Nada mais natural que modismos inseridos em obras de ficção para fazer um retrato moderno da sociedade. Essa situação vem se repetindo ao longo da história da televisão brasileira, onde muitas novelas já retrataram novos modismos até então impensáveis, como ocorreu na novela ‘De corpo e alma’, onde seu protagonista era um dançarino do Clube das Mulheres”.

Still pending is [Communication] No. 274/007, addressed by TV Globo to Gustavo Camilo Baptista of the ratings office: “This new fashion has arrived in Brazil and is being depicted not only on the soap opera Two Face, but on various TV programs broadcast on the open air.

You could see the woman’s (lacking the Janet Jackson pasty) nipples.

There is nothing more natural than for fashion trends to be inserted in works of fiction in order to create a portrait of modern society.

I find the first references to the “pole-dancing craze” going back to 2005. At least. And that is just from a quick google, mind you.

In the age of the packet-switching WWW, the latest fashions still apparently arrive in Rio de Janeiro by coal-fueled packet steamer.

This situation has occurred regularly throughout the history of Brazilian TV, in which many soap operas have portrayed new fashion trends that were previously unthinkable, such as the soap opera “Body and Soul,” whose hero was a male exotic dancer.

Was his pinto on display?

On the Clube das Mulheres, see also

Vamos aguardar as cenas do próximo capítulo, que chegará na segunda-feira, fim do prazo dado pelo Ministério da Justiça para a resposta da TV Globo…

Let us await scenes from the next chapter, due out Monday — the deadline given by the Justice Ministry for TV Globo’s reponse …

Dot dot dot (ellipses) in the original.

As over-the-top garish as it is — futuristic feds shooting feathered knock-out darts from helicopters to neutralize dark-suited mafia bodyguards with Ray-Bans and the latest in designer assault rifles! Mutants with strange powers living undercover as circus acrobats! — I think I would rather watch Record’s Caminhos do Coração. (Or rent a DVD of an old Vera Cruz production from the 1950s. I am making an informal survey.)

On which see

Neuza says I ought to have a look at the blog of the scriptwriter, Aguinaldo Silva. She is quite a soap fan, Neuza — she watched every single minute of Paraíso Tropical — but says that it is principally that blog that has turned her off to the show.

The infamous “Why doesn’t Culture Minister Gilberto Gil go back to Africa where he came from?” post.

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