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Aerial Performer Detained By Myrtle Beach Police For Wearing Thong Bikini On The Beach

Credit: Sam Panda

Sam Panda, an acrobat who went viral several years ago after a terrible accident with a rig that malfunctioned during one of her aerial stunts, was just detained at Myrtle Beach because of her bikini.

In a video shared on social media, Panda is shown being detained by two Myrtle Beach police officers, debating with her and her friend filming about the covering of her body.

A complaint had been filed when someone called in, claiming two women were wearing thong-style bikinis, see-through tops, and were “soliciting” videos while on the public beach.

During the video, one of the officers actually goes so far as to refer to a law book carried in their vehicle, stating that Panda was violating a local ordinance for public nudity.

The officer referred to the following passage in the manual: 

“[It is unlawful to be in public in] a state of dress or undress so as to expose to the view of others specified anatomical areas.” 

In the meantime, the other officer called for backup, trying to conclude whether the thong-style bikini counted as nudity or not, and more specifically, the “exposure of an anatomical area.”

At the end of the video, Panda and her friend were released with the agreement that they would cover up before returning to their activities. They were not charged with indecent exposure.

Panda shared the full 20-minute video on Facebook, which includes her detaining, the debate, and her release. 

In the caption of the video, Panda wrote: 

“A woman called the cops on me because of my bikini. That’s how this all started. Some Karen decided that my body was offensive to her and showed her child that her body could one day lead to her arrest. Her body could be the reason a grown a** man violates her. Her body is wrong.”

You can watch the video here: 

Many loyal Facebook friends and followers have commented on the video, sharing their thoughts on the situation. 

Sam Panda/Facebook
Sam Panda/Facebook
Sam Panda/Facebook
Sam Panda/Facebook
Sam Panda/Facebook

We all can hold our own opinions about what looks good or appropriate while shopping for our own clothes.

But policing other people’s bodies in this manner, particularly women’s bodies, sends the wrong message.

McKenzie Lynn Tozan

Written by McKenzie Lynn Tozan

McKenzie Lynn Tozan lives in North Chicago, where she works as a poet, freelance writer, and editor. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from Western Michigan University, and her BA in English from Indiana University South Bend. Her poems have appeared in Rogue Agent, Whale Road Review, the James Franco Review, Thank You for Swallowing, and elsewhere; and her essays and book reviews have appeared with Memoir Mixtapes, The Rumpus, BookPage, and Motherly, among others. When she's not reading and writing, she's in her garden or spending time with her family. For more, visit www.mckenzielynntozan.com.