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China Says Please Stop Hiring Funeral Strippers

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A screenshot of the saucy funeral in Hebei that attracted attention earlier this year.

In China, friends and family of the deceased may have to do without a special form of funereal entertainment: strippers.

According to a statement from the Ministry of Culture on Thursday, the government plans to work closely with the police to eliminate such performances, which are held with the goal of drawing more mourners.

Pictures of a funeral in the city of Handan in northern Hebei province last month showed a dancer removing her bra as assembled parents and children watched. They were widely circulated online, prompting much opprobrium. In its Thursday statement, the Ministry of Culture cited “obscene” performances in the eastern Chinese province of Jiangsu, as well as in Handan, and pledged to crack down on such lascivious last rites.


In the Handan incident earlier this year, the ministry said, six performers had arrived to offer an erotic dance at the funeral of an elderly resident. Investigators were dispatched and the performance was found to have violated public security regulations, with the person responsible for the performing troupe in question detained administratively for 15 days and fined 70,000 yuan (about $11,300), the statement said. The government condemned such performances for corrupting the social atmosphere.

The government has been trying to fight the country’s funereal stripper scourge for some time now. In 2006, the state-run broadcaster China Central Television’s leading investigative news show Jiaodian Fangtan aired an exposé on the practice of scantily clad women making appearances at memorial services in Donghai in eastern China’s Jiangsu province.

The point of inviting strippers, some of whom performed with snakes, was to attract large crowds to the deceased’s funeral – seen as a harbinger of good fortune in the afterlife. “It’s to give them face,” one villager explained. “Otherwise no one would come.

CCTV found about a dozen funeral performance troupes offering such services in every village in the county, putting on as many as 20 shows a month at a rate of 2,000 yuan ($322) a pop.

“This has severely polluted the local cultural life,” CCTV intoned at the time, marveling at the sight of one women gyrating out of her closes mere steps from a photo of the deceased. “These troupes only care about money. As for whether it’s legal, or proper, or what effect it has on local customs, they don’t think much about it.”

The mainland isn’t alone in its preference for the practice: similar ensemble performances are also popular in Taiwan – as National Geographic documented in 2012, with stilettoed, short-skirted women dancing graveside. The practice there dates back decades.

 
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Well huh. I lost many friends back when I was in my 20's and 30's - mostly due to accidents, dwi accidents, etc and when we would mass at the funeral and later at a party - it was a party - we celebrated their life with a party as to how they would have been there (some families were not too happy with that...) but ... huh a stripper. LoL had several strippers come to the parties but never did a routine. ;) although I'm sure some of the party goers would have enjoyed that. :D
 

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Haha now I know what I was forgetting to add to my cremation ceremony!

Now that think about it - as I hopefully will live to a nice old age - a very nice chippendale dancer would be nice (says the cougar) hehe
 

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Be bout the only way I would get anyone to attend...Note to self"dont die in China."

Ha - <reading announcement> yada yada ok where, time, no flowers, punch and cookies and - WAIT!!! STRIPPERS!!!!!!!1111 I'm there!!!

(hehe j/k - had to add that ;))
 

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Now that's my kinda funeral. ::eyepatch::

Turn on the hondo generator crank up the mini hi def surround sound stereo system playing KID ROCK!!!

And bring out the beer bongs, huge bowls of chips and dip with crazy habanero wings...

Save the sauce for the strippers.

We got us a party; Git er DONE!!!

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i just like the thought of the chinese goverment actually having to deal with this kind of "problem". like holy shit isnt there enough on the plate as it is now we gotta argue about people wanting to see nude people.
 

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