China wages war on funeral strippers

The Ministry of Culture said last month that it was targeting "striptease" and other "obscene, pornographic, and vulgar performances" at funerals, weddings and traditional Chinese New Year public gatherings.

Some communities in rural China reportedly believe that bigger attendances at funerals help to honour the dead and bring them good fortune. But some experts say the erotic shows pay tribute to fertility. [...]

Reports say the new campaign involves people being offered financial rewards to contact a special "hotline" to report "funeral misdeeds". [...]

"In recent decades," the Global Times said on Tuesday, "Chinese rural households are more inclined to show off their disposable incomes by paying out several times their annual income for actors, singers, comedians, and - most recently, strippers - to comfort the bereaved and entertain the mourners."

I am of course immediately reminded of Harvey Pitnik's Funeral from Amazon Women on the Moon. "Held over! Second big week!"

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