Serbia abuzz over 'Basic Instinct' prank with PM Ivica Dacic
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Serbia Prime Minister Ivica Dacic vowed an investigation after he was pranked by a Playboy model without underwear who posed as an interviewer and uncrossed her legs in a "Basic Instinct" skit.
"This will not go unpunished and the whole case will be fully investigated," Dacic's security adviser Ivica Toncev told Serbian state television RTS yesterday.
Neither Dacic nor his advisor were available to comment on the case, the first of its kind in Serbia.
A video from the "Mission Impossible" local candid camera series shows Dacic, 47, giving an embarassed smile when the busty interviewer slowly uncrosses her legs after asking the premier a political question.
The scene was a parody of Basic Instinct, the 1992 Hollywood erotic thriller in which murder suspect Sharon Stone, wearing no underwear, crosses and uncrosses her legs to unsettle her police interrogators.
The episode's 90-second trailer has so far been viewed 3.5 million times on Youtube and high traffic caused the show's website to crash.
Branka Knezevic, a former model who had posed for the local edition of Playboy magazine, said the role of a fake interviewer had been a "huge challenge" and she commended Dacic for "being a great man".
"He is a strong, real man, exactly the one who should lead this country," Knezevic told a Serbian tabloid.
However, Serbia's top body in charge of overseeing the media, RRA, instructed broadcasters, both private and state-controlled TV stations, to restrain from airing the
show, describing it as "vulgar".
The authors of the show, a private production company, said their aim "was not to insult Dacic or his position".
"We did not want to humiliate anyone... But we will respect the decision not to air this episode despite previous arrangements," they said.