Turmoils in the Panamas, dear readers. Carnival. Scandal. Naked women!
What, what what??? Yes. Translated from Telemetro:
The youngsters took of their bathing suits various times in order to compete with one another, while the crowd was applauding and shouting and a DJ cheering them on.
Panama being a country where having a mistress is a status symbol and where you can't drive for 10 minutes without passing by a dozen of pushbuttons, the authorities, such as they are, immediately condemned the behavior:
"A juicio del director de la Asociación de Profesores de Panamá (Asoprof) Diógenes Sánchez esta es una muestra, "lamentablemente" de una cultura que se está desarrollando la cual promueve antivalores que van en decadencia."
Yeah, well, screw you too, Mr. Sánchez. It's bad enough already that education in Panama is headed by a minister who is a member of Opus Dei and who seeks to inject wacky conservative values into the school system and refuses to allow proper sex education. We don't need more of your crap.
In fact, we thought the whole pole dancing affair was absolutely great and we see a bright future for one of the girls, Jazmin Monteza, who on her own has shown more courage - I'm trying to avoid the expression "showing balls" here - than any of the political class and its lackeys over the past five years.
Miss Monteza herself has remained completely unapologetic about the affair as well, much to her credit, and wrote on her Facebook page (screenshot):
That's the spirit! What do you think, dear reader, shall we hire her to head the Bananama Republic lifestyle desk?
Question remains: Will there be repercussions? When Panamanian model Kate Rodriguez went nude, that is, only dressed in a Panamanian flag, to show her support for the national soccer team, some legislators tried to pass a law that would make it illegal to use the flag as (part of) clothing. That of course went nowhere because the flag is even used on the government shirts, and those dufuses had not thought of that.
Whichever it is, Bananama Republic stands firm in its support for freedom of dance and expression, even if that is pole dancing half naked during carnival. Viva!