Chinese officials have launched a campaign to put an end to striptease shows at funerals, because life is no fun and apparently death can’t be either.
The Ministry of Culture said in a statement on Thursday that it was clamping down specifically on rural areas of China, where freaky R-rated funerals have become popular in recent years due to a ‘general lack of cultural events’.
Shanghaiist has been reporting about the raunchy post-eulogy performances as far back as 2006, but more stories have been creeping out of the woodwork in just the past few months.
The ministry cited a case from last month in rural Hebei, where strippers and pole dancers were invited to a funeral service to cheer up mourners with some light erotic dancing. More recently, a widower in Taiwan made headlines for inviting strippers to shimmy about on stage and drape their barely-dressed bodies over her late husband’s casket.
The striptease services are prevalent in rural areas, where people believe that it’s a sign of honor for the deceased to have a funeral jam-packed with people. When the burial hymns and funeral marches just weren’t cutting it anymore, people turned to strippers.
The shows “disrupt the order of the rural cultural market and corrupt the social atmosphere,” the ministry said in its statement.
Chinese officials were also told to tone down their excessively extravagant funeral ceremonies in 2013 as part of Xi Jinping’s anti-vice sweep, as the lavish affairs had become more about flaunting wealth and connections than, well, the dead person.
Better enjoy it while it lasts people, because in three shakes of a titty-tassel it’ll be gone.