I have heard a first hand account of Okamoto saying (in the middle of a seminar demonstration), "I'm not hurting them, I have no idea why they're doing this..."
There is a long tradition of trying to make your sensei look awesome, it's not just a DR thing.
Amen I love no touch throw Aiki Bunnies!!!
On serious note I wonder if Stan or Ellis knows the History behind such Demos...Do you think that ukes were this "dramatic" in Demo's for the Emperor back in the day...Everyone totes the power of some of the old Masters...