Throughout the 20th and into the 21st century, the Argentine tango has been the subject of a wide variety of theatrical productions, silent and Hollywood movies, drawn and digitally animated cartoons, paintings and photographs, and print and television advertisements. It has been appropriated as a symbolic representation of the lower class, of violence, and of prostitution, as well as of upper-class cultural elitism, sensuality, and economic status. The tango has been mocked and satirized, sensationalized and caricaturized. It has been presented in its most basic form and its most flamboyant, as improvised Argentine tango or stylized and choreographed European ballroom tango.
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