Maybe China isn’t all that different from the U.S. after all. Here in this country, as I wrote in October 2017, drag queen story hour — where a guy dressed more or less as a gal reads an LGBTQ-approved children’s book to young impressionable preschoolers — appears to have become the new normal.
But China just did us one better. According to the Evening Standard, kindergarten-age children in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen were welcomed back to school following summer vacation by an honest-to-pete pole dancer.
It’s hard to tell from a brief video clip that has gone viral on Twitter whether the woman actually strips or invites the children to insert renminbi banknotes in her cleavage and elsewhere, but the moves are straight out of a “gentlemen’s” club.
Who would think this is a good idea? We’re trying to pull the kids out of the school and get our tuition back. They wouldn’t give us the number of the company that owns the school, but looking into that. pic.twitter.com/vEdIhuq774
— Michael Standaert (@mstandaert) September 3, 2018
The article notes this is not the first time “female dancers have been used at events.”
Last year a video emerged of strippers dancing at a funeral which is often seen as a sign of wealth in the country.
After a video of dancers at a funeral went viral, the government renewed a clampdown on strippers performing at funerals, weddings and temples, branding it “obsene and vulgar.”
Earlier I said China did us one better be featuring a stripper on the first day of kindergarten. Actually they did us two better. Back before the summer break started, the incoming kindergartners took part in ten days of military activities with machine guns and mortars all displayed at the front of the school.
That sounds more like the China we’ve come to know and fear.