Crack­down on strip shows at fu­ner­als

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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