Saturday, August 26, 2006
China may be giving striptease funerals the last rites after officials arrested five people and ordered an end to the practise, state media said.
Strip shows have been commonly used to attract more mourners to funerals, as villagers believe a crowded send-off brings more honor to the deceased, Xinhua news agency said.
Folks, this is what happens in a police state. They ban strip-tease funerals, and then turn neighbor against neighbor in their zeal to stamp it out:
After the television report, the local government quickly issued an order to stop the practice and demanded that village committees have to report details of each funeral plan within 12 hours after a villager dies.
A hotline was also set up for residents to report on "funeral misdeeds," it said.
How long will it be before a Chinese strip-tease funeral is worked into a Ben Stiller comedy?