Grieving in China just got a whole lot lamer.
It’s been reported that Chinese authorities are cracking down on funeral strippers, an actual tactic some rural families use to incentivise more people to pay their respects to the dead.
While families believe hiring entertainment to boost attendance is a way of honoring their loved ones, the country’s Ministry of Culture sees the act as more of a dishonor.
Ministry buzzkills are now targeting “striptease” and other “obscene, pornographic and vulgar performances” at funerals and weddings across the country.
Ugh, what’s even the point in dying now?
This announcement follows reports in the state run Global Times newspaper about unruly crowds applauding and cursing as women sauntered in front of funeral caskets.
Hiring entertainment for funerals is a longstanding practice in rural China, as households are known to pay several times their annual income for actors, singers, and comedians to comfort the mourners. Only recently have families begun to hire strippers.
The ministry has set up hotlines to offer rewards to those who report these “funeral misdeeds,” so it looks like this practice will reach its climax prematurely.
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