Aw girl, I know exactly how you mean ^^
I suppose the asian/middle-eastern culture has yet to accept seeing their 'respectful and obedient' girls being comfortable with their talent and doing something about it!!
Its slightly amusing how people can gawp at actresses/singers wearing next to nothing and still compliment their 'girl next door' attitude but frown on their own women who attempt it. - & thats probably the one thing that p_sses me off the most!
I mean, Im Pakistani right.. & the amount of people who ask why I dance & or do photo shoots (nothing outrageous AT ALL) as if its something wrong or "un-Islamic" - Which I really cant get my head around, unless doing something with the talent you have is "disrespectful" in their eyes.
I agree with what you said, but perhaps their not completely "ignorant" but jus protecting what makes them special from their counterparts - respect, decency and morals. - Most of them just think going into the arts or entertainment sect launches you into the public eye and strips you of your culture, respect/private life (religion, culture, bleh.. all that stuff) I guess theres 2 sides to the argument =S
Dont let it nock you though chick, seriously. At the end of the day, you have the talent & ITS GETTING YOU SOMEWHERE - so who the `eff gives a toss what OTHER PEOPLE think?! It takes alot to accomplish what you have and some people just wont understand that. Just do what you do & ignore the negative energy. Its very hard to change the ideology of some people, especially people who are culturally strict!
* hugss *