So I have to admit, watching these prisoners re-enact Michael Jackson's videos/dances is fun and entertaining. But pop culture calls for skepticism. A few questions I'd love to investigate.
- How does a western gaze (like mine) play into this?
- I know almost nothing about this detention center. I'd like to know if it's run by the state or if it's private. And if it charges audiences to watch the performances, where does the money flow?
- Some of the prisoners clearly get more social capital out of this. Are all of them forced to participate, and how do the more marginal performers feel about their involvement?