Young Woman Scolded on Instagram For Doing Squats As Hindus Congregate Nearby June 16, 2020

Young Woman Scolded on Instagram For Doing Squats As Hindus Congregate Nearby

There’s something to be said for the old expression When in Rome, do as the Romans do.

Whether that applies in this case is a matter of opinion.

A social media influencer has been slammed for filming a video on a beach in Canggu, Bali [in Indonesia], … next to a group preparing for a religious daily offering. … The incident happened mere meters away from a traditional Canang Sari — a daily offering made by Balinese Hindus to the gods.

It’s hard to say for sure, but to me they look to be about 30, 40 feet apart.

The woman was snapped doing squats in one-piece togs [clothing] while another person filmed her. An onlooker also filmed the squats and shared it with local Instagram page @thecanggupole who posted it with the caption: “Ignorancers In The Wild.”

I watched the video a few times. The Hindus seem oblivious to the young women, and vice versa. I’m not sure I understand what the big deal is here. Bali gets between five and six million visitors a year, and most visit the island’s beaches. While there, are they not supposed to wear bathing suits, exercise, or use their phone cameras?

If the Hindu group had been doing literally anything else — conversing, eating, reading, soaking up the sun — would the young tourists in the background have been deemed disrespectful by thousands of Instagram scolds?

The likely answer is that it’s only because the local group prepared for a (daily) religious ritual that people have been getting all judgey over this.

Live and let live. The locals and the tourists alike put that fine adage in practice perfectly: they went about their own business and left each other alone. I wish the same were true for the foreign fault-finders who love demonstrating their rectitude online, and who seem to think that when even the most minor religious event is about to occur, (a) all are obligated to reverently create more distance, and (b) women ought to cover up.

It doesn’t work that way, thankfully, and not even the Hindus in the video seem to claim otherwise.


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