Crackdown on strip shows at funerals
Stripping is illegal in China, and now authorities are cracking down on the practice in some rural areas of having strippers perform at funerals to draw more mourners.
According to a statement from the Ministry of Culture, such practice distorted the cultural value of the entertainment business and such acts are uncivilized.
It cited two cases involving the staging of strip shows at funerals. In both cases, in north China’s Hebei province and east China’s Jiangsu, strippers were invited to stage obscene performances, it said.
Some people in rural areas pay troupes to play folk music and perform racy acts, so that more people will come to a funeral, said Zhang Chengdong, vice-president of the Jiangsu Festivals and Events Association. “They want to have as many people as possible attend the funeral. In this way, they feel they fulfill their obligation of fidelity to their elders,” he said.