The photographs of young men and women drinking and couples kissing were published to reveal the `immoral’ goings-on at the party. The odd thing was that no one in these pictures was “scantily clad” (as alleged by the police) but the affair exposed the hypocrisy of a tabloid and tabloidising section of the press that regularly publishes `scantily clad’ and suggestive pin-ups of film actresses as a circulation booster.
the other side also has its own qualms, from The People’s Paper dt Oct 15, 2005 –
The moral jury stepped out in Chennai last week to pronounce that five star hotels are ‘holy’ places where police cannot enter. The jury was appalled at the mention of the word ‘obscenity’ and, pray, what bar licence? The conservatives in the city breathed fire, the jury was not concerned. For them, the rest could go to hell. The Chennai Police, they said, had no right to suspend the hotel’s licence.
But in Chennai, it’s not a big deal to find an escort these days. Just hang around the pubs and the discotheques. If not, there are classifieds to fall back on. One ad reads thus: “If you are an independent escort and willing to provide a full service, please contact me.”
Mylapore might be continents away from Malibu but Chennai’s hit the fast lane. To where, is a question the moral jury should decide as it careens between police stations and discos.
By now way this is to compare the quality of newspapers. Just extreme samples from an entire gamut of perspectives. To which extreme of this spectrum you belong, is a priceless question to your value system ?