Left to right: Model Thai Ha, and singers Doan Trang and Thu Minh in stage outfits criticized as inappropriate
While the cultural ministry is discussing tripling the current penalties of US$144-288 for artists caught wearing "inappropriate" skimpy outfits on stage, a Hanoi official has suggested fines should be jacked up to VND1-2 billion ($48,000-96,000) to scare scantily-clad performers.
Pham Quang Long, director of Hanoi Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, told the ministry at a meeting Friday that current punishments are too light to change artists' behavior, according to a report on news website VnExpress.
Long said the government should slap show organizers with extremely heavy penalties to stop the problem at its root.
Female singers have recently made headlines by appearing on stage in costumes that reveal all kinds of skin -- not just legs, bellies and cleavage, but even breasts and bare nipples.
"The show organizers promised firmly in written papers that they would not violate the outfit regulations, but 100 percent of them have done so in the end. That means they were not scared and did not hesitate to use those outfits for business purposes," Long said.
"The punishment of several million dong means nothing compared to the profit they would earn from the shows."
He said Vietnam's regulations on live performances and concerts have too many loopholes that allow artists to skirt the government's rules.