A set of photos published on Zhengzhou University’s Official Sina Weibo account showing a newlywed man sitting in an expensive car and taking his parents “out for a walk” on a leash in Henan province has baffled web users online.
The father was seen stripping half-naked while strolling along the street in the company of his wife, NetEase reports. Both of them appeared relatively cheerful as crowds of gawkers watched the two being paraded down the road.
Turtles were painted on the father’s body and Chinese characters reading “want a grandson” and “want two children” were scribbled across his chest and back as well.
Reports have speculated that the practice is likely a local marriage custom, but that hasn’t stopped dozens of web users from sinking their claws into the groom and his post-wedding spectacle, which one web user from Shandong referred to as “vulgar”.
“Ignorance is horrible,” a web user from Beijing said.
“It’s really weird. They are such brainless people,” a Guangdong netizen chimed in.
A user from Jiangsu defended the practice, writing: “This local custom is supposed to cheer everyone up. No need to make a fuss of it.
Another web user from Henan agreed.
“Please do not criticize the groom,” the netizen said. “In many places in Henan, particularly, in rural areas, it’s not uncommon for the groom’s parents to be teased by the newlywed’s relatives and friends on the wedding day. The parents are happy to be teased actually. As people’s lifestyles and ways of thinking are changing, [such traditions] are seen less and less.”
Last October, a groom from Henan’s Xuchang reportedly braved the streets as a half-naked superman.
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By Lucy Liu
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