China's con­tro­ver­sial “vul­gar, old cus­toms” at wed­dings have once again come un­der fierce fire af­ter clips of a wed­ding cer­e­mony where a fa­ther-in-law forced his son's bride to kiss him went vi­ral. The fam­ily later en­trusted a lawyer to state that the “kiss­ing” was a tra­di­tional wed­ding cus­tom in Jiangsu Prov­ince and that the fa­ther-in-law just pre­tended to kiss his own daugh­ter-in-law. Ne­ti­zens, how­ever, were not buy­ing it. In re­cent years, a slew of videos show­ing wed­ding guests play­ing tricks on the bride and groom or sex­u­ally ha­rass­ing brides­maids have been ex­posed on­line, lead­ing to a rise in pub­lic calls to aban­don th­ese so-called tra­di­tional “wed­ding cus­toms.” Th­ese out-of-date rit­u­als do not add to the wed­ding at­mos­phere, but only hu­mil­i­ate and hurt the tar­gets of fun.

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