a reply to: Cuervo
I suppose they were hoping to impress President Obama with the women, perhaps as Captain Cook might have been in the Pacific.
Well, a century or so ago it might have been the average local welcoming party.
"Nudity" has been used as a protest by indigenous peoples before, and I'm not sure Prince Charles and Princess Di were actually aware they were being
insulted when they were mooned by a Maori activist in 1981.
One also sees glimpses of South American Amazonian tribes, or our local Khoisan people protesting in traditional clothing, and while female
toplessness still shocks, there has always been a loin-cloth or some body paint.
Of course, the irony is that at least in Africa, nudity has become unacceptable for the local tribes (with a few rural exceptions who cling staunchly
to their traditions), while in the West men and women are demanding to go topless equally, and the taboo is waning.
It is not an insignificant role-reversal regarding attitudes to nudity, shame and so forth.
I get the feeling though that conservative groups are outraged that President Obama is seen as a "son of the Kenyan soil", and hasn't spoken out
against gay rights and marriage equality.
There's a huge conflation between fundamentalist Christianity and Islam, and "African values", which most anthropological and historical scholars
would say is actually quite recent, and the result of contemporary and colonial religious propaganda, rather than anything traceably "traditional".
Nevertheless, these groups view homophobia as quintessentially "African" (and homosexuality as "unAfrican"), and Obama's tolerance of the latter is
seen as a betrayal.
In a simplistic sense, they want to remind him of his roots, as they see it.
edit on 22-7-2015 by halfoldman because: (no reason given)