Entrapment As an Entertainmentist’s Nightmare
Entertainers are an important part of our lives and it is very likely that without them, our days and nights would be very dull. Entertaining is a kind of activity which holds the interest and attention of an attentive audience or provides pleasure and entertainment. For example, to watch a good film, we must have good entertainment; likewise, to listen to music, we must have music to appreciate and enjoy. It may be a literary task or an idea, but most often is much more likely to be either one of the passive activities or occurrences which have grown over hundreds of years especially for the purpose of retaining an attentive audience’s focus.
The term entertainment has different meanings depending on the point of view taken by the person or individuals who use it. For example, to some people the word entertainment might mean watching TV, reading a book, playing games, listening to music, cooking, dancing, going out with friends, etc. While for other people the term entertainment might mean seeing a movie, playing sport, listening to music, attending lectures or learning a new skill. Some may consider that entertainment encompasses performing while others consider that it is using the senses in any way possible to derive pleasure from the environment. Another definition which are common to most, and probably to all, is that of fun or recreation. This definition includes any activity, hobby, sport or experience which has been personally or socially enjoyed.
When it comes to entertainment, people often refer to this as amusement. When it comes to entretement, entertainment is often used to describe activities, events, or objects that make people more entertained than ordinary. Some of the most popular ones include stage shows, movies, dancing, comedy clubs, operas, concerts, performances, and so on. Entertainment can also be used in the context of seduction, as in an effort to improve one’s social or sexual life. While the word seduction can have negative connotations, for the majority it can mean fun, enjoyment, relaxation, sexual exploration or arousal.
When we think of entertainment, the word often invokes images of people joyously dancing to the pop songs played by a live band or playing their favorite instruments. Many of us associate entertainment with enjoying oneself, being happy, overcoming frustration or stress, achieving personal goals, and so on. These are just a few of the ways in which we derive pleasure from entertainment. But when we talk about entretenement we see other forms of entertainment, for example, those that take place outside the home and involve physical contacts with another person, animals, or other things such as riding, diving, etc.
In the radio programming business the term entretenement is used to describe the sexual aspects of the profession. For example, on-air personalities are required to wear a tight fitting uniform, use suggestive language, and so on. These factors tend to turn some people on, especially those who work behind the scenes. Another form of entertainment worker entretement occurs when a performer is required to perform in front of a studio audience, either alone or with other performers. Sometimes this can be embarrassing and can lead to feelings of shame or even shameful sexual innuendo. Such performers may feel compelled to “relieve their pent up stress” by performing “naughty” material that may be offensive to some viewers.
Entertaining itself is also a broad term encompassing all types of artistic expression, whether it’s dancing, singing, acting, photography, visual arts, television, video, print media, publishing, music, and the mass media. And like most things that attract attention, entertainment workers tend to attract harassment, whether by competitors, fans, or others who simply view their performances as “too sexually stimulating.” If you have ever experienced any type of harassment while performing your craft, you know how distressing it can be, especially if you feel victimized. The good news is that the vast majority of entertainers can easily protect themselves from the worst that the entertainment industry can throw at them, with a little knowledge and a lot of hard work.