Tennis Australia CEO agrees to tone down ‘’sleazy” Absinthe cabaret show

January 20th, 2009 - 6:28 pm ICT by ANI  

Melbourne, Jan.20 (ANI): Tennis Australia has agreed to tone down a burlesque-style show featuring obscenity and simulated masturbation at the Australian Open.
CEO Steve Wood, however, has defended the decision to include a show in the event’’s entertainment line-up that has been described by some reviewers as “sleazy” and borderline pornographic.
According to, the show has featured racial slurs - including anti-German, anti-Asian and anti-black references as well as references to gay bashings.
The daring circus-meets-burlesque Broadway show, Absinthe, opened to Australian audiences last night in the Spiegeltent at Spiegelworld the Australian Opens newest entertainment attraction.
Performances are scheduled twice nightly - 7pm and 9pm every night of the tournament, with a recommendation that those attending should not be under 18.
But critics, who say it shouldnt be associated with the family-friendly sporting event, have slammed it. (ANI)

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