Wednesday, August 30, 2006

And, On a Serious Note ...

I leave it to the reader to provide an appropriate comment on this news story:
China cracks down on striptease funerals

China is ordering an end to the practice of employing strippers to attract crowds at funerals, the state news service has reported.

Local tradition suggests bigger attendances at send-offs bring good fortune to the spirits of the dead.

But complaints after state television exposed the practice at a funeral in Donghai county, Jiangsu province, have forced the authorities to act, according to Xinhua news agency.

Watched by a crowd of 200 mourners including children, two strippers engaged by the family of a dead farmer gave what the local media described as an "obscene performance." Five people were subsequently arrested as the government demanded an end to the practice across the country.

A telephone hotline has been established to gather reports of any further funeral misbehaviour.
"Donghai" County, indeed.


itsmecissy said...

Local villagers believe that the more people who attend the funeral, the more the dead person is honoured. So much for honoring the dead.

Mirriam said...

This is the last straw.

lemming said...

I am not often speechless.

On this occasion, I am.