In recent years, the Kardashians (don't worry, that's the last time I'll mention them in this entry) have gotten much publicity for "incestuous" flirting via tweets and their television shows.
I bring these things up because much buzz was generated by contestants on the television talent contest show The X Factor (the British edition, I think), as the sisters had an "incestuous" kiss on-stage. See, for example, this report at dailystar.co.uk by Ash Percival with the headline "X Factor incest shock as sisters Blonde Electra share live lesbian snog" and the teaser intro "THE X Factor final was thrown into an incest controversy earlier tonight as sister double act Blonde Electra shared a kiss live on air."
Recreating Madonna and Britney Spears’ iconic kiss at the MTV VMAs in 2003, Jazzy and Ruby King shared a full-on snog leaving viewers open-mouthed.
The story and reactions to it were also to be found at uk.celebrity.yahoo.com in this report by Stephanie Soteriou...
Aren't Blonde Electra sisters? #XFactorCatchUp pic.twitter.com/hIt4UXzEM8
— Aishling (@ASAPashy) December 15, 2014
I still don't get Blonde Electra's kiss. They. Are. SISTERS. Wanted attention? They got it. But I doubt they'll get a career now. #XFactor
— Flash Bristow (@techiebabe) December 15, 2014
am I the only one who felt highly uncomfortable when blonde electra kissed like arent they sisters.
— creampuff ~ 133+136 (@aestheticamiIa) December 15, 2014
don't kiss your sister omg that's so wrong @BlondeElectra
— charlie jones (@charliejkicks) December 15, 2014
You do not kiss your sister like that smh @ Blonde Electra
— 09 (@ef4h_) December 15, 2014
@BlondeElectra unfollowing. Used to really like you guys! Let us pay attention to your music not being sisters and kissing eachother! Ew
— KATHRINNE! (@ItsKATyo) December 15, 2014
Not everyone was hostile...
The sisters then retweeted a whole LOAD of messages of support from their adoring fans/ creepy old men, walking away from the competition with their heads held high.Over at metro.co.uk, Daniella Graham says this was a surprise to the staff, meaning the sisters were not encouraged to do it by the show's producers, nor did they inform the show's producers, which is believable because the sound indicates they were supposed to be lip synching instead of touching lips.
Obviously, they were doing it for publicity.
Is that good? It is bad? Is it a mix of both? On the one hand, there are people in serious consanguinamorous relationships and they don't need to be trivialized or treated as a sideshow for ridicule. On the other hand, visibility of consanguinamory or consanguinamorous people generally helps.
It would be great if the sisters followed this up by explaining that they don't feel a need to hide their love and affection for each other. Odds are, however, they're not in a consanuinamorous relationship. If they experimented with each other before they became adults, or even since, they wouldn't be alone in that. But if they were together in that sense, they could actually face criminal charges in many supposedly modern places. So maybe those who aren't coming out because of the possibility of prosecution or discrimination need others to do things like this to chip away at prejudices. Notice that nothing bad happened as a result of this kiss.
It was a kiss.
The world could use more kissing.
And there's no good reason why these sisters, or any adult siblings, should refrain from kissing if they want to.