After a woman went viral for wearing a thong bikini to a family-friendly water park, national radio host Todd Starnes said he can only imagine what some women are wearing to baptisms in contemporary churches.
Todd and Grace Baker, the “Todd Starnes Show” executive producer, discuss the story below:
Below is a rushed transcript from the Todd Starnes Show:
TODD: [00:37:48] This item from the New York Post caught my attention. “A woman sparks outrage with a thong bikini at a family-friendly water park.” The New York Post says the “scantily clad swimmer has been blasted after a viral video where she was wearing”, what they said was, “an inappropriate G-string swimsuit at the family-friendly water park.”
“The unidentified woman was seen splashing about in the daring ensemble in footage posted a Tik Tok.”
Quote, “Is this appropriate for a family water park or not?” Kim Stram asked. Her video has been viewed more than 4 million times, Grace Baker.
“The video shows the woman in the nude-colored swimsuit, which is completely backless, leaving her buttocks on full display.”
GRACE: Oof, that sounds a little overboard.
STARNES: I’d be concerned. I’ve seen the video and I’ve seen the photographs. I would be concerned about, I don’t know, sun burning of the buttocks.
GRACE: Oh, that’d leave some weird tan lines.
STARNES: It’d be uncomfortable. I love how the Post framed this, “several small children are seen playing near the flesh-flashing beauty, but appear unbothered by the sight of her skin.” No, they’re all gawking, they’re kids.
GRACE: Yeah, I’m looking at the image here. She’s not wearing much, is she?
STARNES: Now, people are saying, a lot of people are defending the woman. And someone said if a man wore a skin-tight Speedo… That’s just inappropriate. That’s inappropriate. Nobody needs to be wearing a Speedo.
GRACE: No, I agree. Unless you’re doing it as a professional swimmer. Just wear some trunks, please.
STARNES: One person said, shame on the woman who filmed this. It’s disrespectful.
GRACE: Are we sure it’s a woman that filmed?
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STARNES: Oh, yeah. I think so. Otherwise, you know, there could be a crime report about a dead boyfriend or husband. I’m just saying. But another person who saw the video said, “Hey, look if you got the body rock it.”
GRACE: I mean, she looks good. But save that for the photo shoot, lady. Put on some clothes, you’re at a water park.
STARNES: Thank you. Grace Baker. Our official woman on the Todd Starnes… Our woman reporter on the Todd Starnes Radio Show.
STARNES: So I was at church last Sunday and I noticed this, I went to a wedding and I noticed this, and I went to our party and I noticed this. Now for, you know, for the Todd Starnes Show and KWAM, the radio station I own here in Memphis, Tennessee, we had a big anniversary bash. And I mean, everybody was dressed to the nines. I mean, they had the suits on, the ladies had the dresses. Everybody was looking pretty good. Went to a wedding, everybody is decked out and their finest.
STARNES: Go to church, looks like people, like, literally crawled into the sanctuary from whatever nightclub they were at on Saturday night. Wearing pajama pants, you know, the, we used to call them the wife beater T-shirts. You know what I’m talking about? You’re not allowed to say…
GRACE: The tank tops?
STARNES: Oh, yeah! The tank tops, but still, you know what I’m talking about.
GRACE: Oh, yeah, I know exactly what you’re talking about.
STARNES: It looks like the bad end of a country music song. That’s what the congregation looks like today. And I’m sitting here going, “What?!” It used to be that you would wear your Sunday best, right? That was the phrase, “got to wear your Sunday going to church clothes.”
GRACE: See, my church still dresses up a lot.
STARNES: Yeah, not the one I go to.
GRACE: I have been to churches like that, though. The ones that had like the rock concerts, those ones especially people come in with, like, the torn jeans, which I own, those kind of jeans, but I don’t wear them to church.
STARNES: I think it’s intentional. I mean, now the church staff is dressed very appropriately. But I mean, I know what you’re talking about. I’ve been to some of these churches where, you know, the preacher gets up and he’s wearing like cargo shorts and he’s wearing the flip flops and he’s got a, you know, the t-shirt, unshaven. And they want to be hip because, you know, the only way you can talk about God these days, you got to relate to the young people.
GRACE: The water with the wine.
STARNES: I’m not sure that works. By the way, I went to a church, they had the Lord’s Supper once, and it was like Krispy Kreme donuts, you know, and like Mountain Dew. And I’m like, “What is going on here?!” It was the craziest thing.
GRACE: I want to know what church you went to, off-air, for that one.
STARNES: Yeah, it was nondenominational.
GRACE: There it is, so a Baptist church with a cool website. Got it.
STARNES: Oh, wow. That’s brutal…
GRACE: I got that from Tim Hawkins.
STARNES: But that is a very good description of church these days.
STARNES: But it’s really not about church. This goes back, I thought about church as I was thinking about the woman in the thong bikini in the last segment. Where, is it appropriate for a grown woman with a badonkadonk, and it’s a fairly large and sizable badonkadonk to go out and jump into a swimming pool filled with children? And she’s only wearing a G-string. What if that was a baptistery? Oh, I can only imagine what baptisms look like in contemporary churches.
GRACE: Oh, no.
STARNES: This is Brother Sal. He’s wearing a Speedo.