Date
22 July 2017
China's Ministry of Culture wants to maintain correct cultural values and proper practices during funerals. Photo: Xinhua
China's Ministry of Culture wants to maintain correct cultural values and proper practices during funerals. Photo: Xinhua

China vows to crack down on strippers at rural funerals

Chinese authorities have launched a campaign to stop the hiring of strippers at funerals, a practice that is becoming increasingly common in rural areas, the French news agency AFP reported.

“From time to time, ‘stripteasers’ and other illegal performances have occurred in the countryside,” the Ministry of Culture said in a statement posted on its website.

Authorities will “promptly investigate and punish” businesses and individuals involved in such shows, it said.

According to the official Xinhua news agency, stripteasers are hired to draw large crowds during last rites.

One example cited by the Ministry of Culture was a funeral in northern China’s Hebei province.

“Two strippers wearing revealing clothes danced on a stage at a public square in our village at night on Feb. 15,” an eyewitness surnamed Zhang told the state-run Global Times newspaper.

“They first danced passionately and then took off their clothes piece by piece,” the man was quoted as saying. “Behind them, an electronic screen was displaying a picture of the deceased with elegiac couplets on either side.”

In another case, a troupe in eastern China’s Jiangsu province was detained for performing a lewd show during a funeral, attracting as many as 500 local residents, AFP said, citing a report from the provincial news site xichu.net.

The troupe engaged in “erotic performances on the stage with sexual organs exposed and imitating sexual acts”, a police officer was quoted as saying.

The Ministry of Culture said such shows “disrupt the order of the rural cultural market and corrupt the social atmosphere”.

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