Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Memoirs of World Cup Audience Participation

While watching the glorious scantily clad female fans during the ongoing world cup matches, I had a flashback to a incident of Audience Participation that I had the good fortune to see during the World Cup held 8 years ago.

The Scene: My uncle's drawing room where my Uncle, Aunt and I were watching a Brazil match against an inconsequential team.

The Background: My Uncle was and is football crazy, my aunt indulged him during the one month by graciously giving up the TV set for his vicarious football watching pleasure. I, though not as ardent a fan as my uncle, was just starting to get into the sport, partly because of the magnificent game and partly because during my hormone filled teenage years, I had recently realised that the acres of female flesh shown on channels such as TB6 (remember that channel anybody?) and FTV, were also on view during the world cup, albeit to a lesser extent. I am of course referring to a period when Cable TV had just about started to make an inroad into India and before the strict censorship policies of the government had started. Ah...sometimes I really do miss those days, when one was guaranteed at least three truly "A-Dult" late night movies a week by cable channels.

The Timing: Half Time of the match, my uncle and I were disecting the match and discussing the prospects of the brazilian team in the world cup. My aunt had just brought us some tea and snacks and was sitting with us.

The Incident: The camera started panning across the crowd and I had one eye on my uncle and another eye on the TV screen. It zoomed into a group of brightly clad (unclad?) Brazilian Fans who were dancing away. I vividly remember my aunt laughing and saying that these fans are truly crazy. Little did she know that she hadn't seen nothin' yet. The camera zoomed into two guys and a girl who were dancing away and the commentator was also saying something about the exuberance of the fans. All of a sudden, without any warning, the girl took off her sweatshirt and her bikini top in a jiffy (To date, I still maintain that her speed and dexterity in doing it was analogous to the speed and dexterity of Maradona's hand of God goal) and stood up proudly jiggling her magnificent mammaries from one side to another while the two guys with her were cheering her on.

The Aftermath: The commentator himself seemed to be zapped as there was complete pin-drop silence for a good minute from his end; out of the corner of my eye, I watched my aunt going red and she hurriedly got up and started to go out of the room. Observing her discomfiture, I deliberately called out to her and started to talk to her about dinner that night. She was extremely embarassed and mumbled something out and I had a real difficult time keeping a straight face. There was no comments about the game or anything else by my normally loquacious uncle who watched out the rest of the game in complete silence.

All in all, a very memorable incident of world cup audience participation


Blogger Advitiya said...

Oh yeah I remember those days... the 'blue' movies that the cable walah used to put at night..mine still does..though I don't know anything about it..ahem..

Interesting...Kind of like when I was 12 I dragged my mum to see TITANIC with me and my mum is very straight-laced about sex and all and it was weird the scene where kate and leo get it on...she was sitting next to me...her hand on my eyes and me trying to see something between the fingers...

1:02 AM  
Blogger Lindsey said...

I only keep up with it for the scantily clad men.... :o)

5:37 AM  
Blogger Blue Athena said...

hahahahaha! Yeah, amazing how moments like that can be so exhilirating when watching alone or with friends and so damn embarrassing when elders are around!


9:23 AM  
Blogger Why Am I said...

hahah it shudve been the otherway round!...i mean u shudve been embarassed considering u wudve been a kid?!... its weird how u always have scantily dressed women as audiene in most sports...

4:50 PM  
Blogger M (tread softly upon) said...

hahaha! I remember several such moments of discomfort while watching movies or TV with elders.

6:43 PM  
Blogger Fresh Ink said...

Hehehe, funni post. Unfortunately (or isit fortunately) such cable tv incidents dont happen here coz of the strict censorship. Can imagine how awkward is must hve been for ur mum and dad though ;-)

6:15 AM  
Blogger Kate said...

It must certainly have been more entertaining than the football I've seen so far. I've only watched snippets of the England matches, but they have been soooo dull!

4:56 PM  
Blogger Generally_Speaking said...

Advitiya: Lol...I remember watching Titanic and especially THAT scene with Kate and Leo

Linny: There are lots of them on the field and thankfully quite a few scantily clad women off it as well.

Blue Athena: You said it!

Why Am I: Nah! I was a naughty kid. Thank God for scantily dressed women in sports.

M (tread softly upon): Go on post some on your blog :)

Fresh Ink: Oh dear, is Cable TV that censored at your end? And luckily my uncle/aunt didn't tell my mom and dad :)

Hehehe, funni post. Unfortunately (or isit fortunately) such cable tv incidents dont happen here coz of the strict censorship. Can imagine how awkward is must hve been for ur mum and dad though ;-)

Kate: Yep, that it was. Some football has been good this time around. Lets see how England do in the second round.

8:07 PM  
Blogger M (tread softly upon) said...

did you stop writing? or do you plan on coming back?

1:03 AM  
Blogger Generally_Speaking said...

M: I am back ( In an Arnold Schwarzenneger voice)

5:05 PM  

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