‘Obscene’ outfit banned

Getting it off his chest: Danilo Romao holds no grudges about being stopped from performing, but wants an apology. Picture: Elle Borgward www.communitypix.com.au d427186
Getting it off his chest: Danilo Romao holds no grudges about being stopped from performing, but wants an apology. Picture: Elle Borgward www.communitypix.com.au d427186

Yet he said he was saddened after being told he would not be able to perform at a recent entertainment night at Lakeside Village, where he lives.

Mr Romao said he was told by the show’s manager that the costume he had created for his tribute to the late American singer Sarah Vaughan was obscene and vulgar.

‘He said to me, ‘Your act is obscene because of the figure of your outfit’,’ he said.

‘I said to him: ‘What’s happened to the real people?’. It would be ridiculous if I did it with my skinny body. I had to make the body to match.’

With little to do, Mr Romao said the sole aim of his performances was to make people happy.

Yet with Parkinson’s and arthritis beginning to affect his movement, he is not sure how long he will be able to continue.

With that in mind, and his usual pep for life, the 67-year-old said he would hold no grudges if apologised to.

‘I can’t say he’s a bad person but I was surprised,’ he said.

‘I don’t get angry or feel hate because that makes your health very bad. As long as he apologises for what he said to me, that’s fine.’

The show’s organiser passed on the chance to comment.

A spokeswoman for Lend Lease said: ‘This is a personal matter between two residents of the village’.