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China Says Please Stop Hiring Funeral Strippers

In this Dec. 9, 2014 file photo, Chinese government propaganda words which read "Prosperity and Powerful" are displayed on a wall near a construction site in Beijing, China. China's economic growth slowed to 7.4 percent last year, the weakest expansion in more than two decades. The numbers released Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2014 are still miles ahead of growth rates in major industrialized economies, but represent a sharp decline from double digit growth in previous years. That adds to pressure on the country's communist leaders as they try to prevent a sharper slowdown in 2015 while overhauling the economy.(AP Photo/Andy Wong, FIle)
In this Dec. 9, 2014 file photo, Chinese government propaganda words which read “Prosperity and Powerful” are displayed on a wall near a construction site in Beijing, China. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, FIle)

(Wall Street Journal) – In China, friends and family of the deceased may have to do without a special form of funereal entertainment: strippers.

According to a statement from the Ministry of Culture on Thursday, the government plans to work closely with the police to eliminate such performances, which are held with the goal of drawing more mourners.

Pictures of a funeral in the city of Handan in northern Hebei province last month showed a dancer removing her bra as assembled parents and children watched. They were widely circulated online, prompting much opprobrium. In its Thursday statement, the Ministry of Culture cited “obscene” performances in the eastern Chinese province of Jiangsu, as well as in Handan, and pledged to crack down on such lascivious last rites.

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