China: Store Sex Video Is Against Socialist Values

Censors freak out after racy clip goes viral
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 16, 2015 1:03 AM CDT
Japanese chain Uniqlo has been expanding rapidly in China.   (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi, File)

(Newser) – The Communist Party of China describes its ideology as "socialism with Chinese characteristics," and apparently a willingness to have sex in store changing rooms is not one of those characteristics. After video of a couple having sex in a Beijing branch of clothing store Uniqlo went viral earlier this week, authorities denounced it as being against "socialist core values" and promised to crack down on "vulgar materials online and safeguard the cyber environment," the Guardian reports.

Uniqlo—identified as the site of the X-rated scene through a store announcement heard on the clip—issued a statement denying it was all a publicity stunt, saying it is "committed to providing comfortable and high quality service to customers and hopes they would uphold social ethics, safeguard social justice, and use the fitting room in a proper way," reports the Global Times. Beijing authorities say Internet users are "highly concerned," by the video, though the Guardian describes the reaction as one of "delight not disgust," with commemorative T-shirts for sale online and visitors snapping selfies outside the store.

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