'We are very sorry': Nursing home hires stripper to entertain old people in wheelchairs, apologizes later
TAOYUAN CITY, TAIWAN: A nursing home in Taiwan apologized for booking a stripper to entertain elderly people in wheelchairs. In order to celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival, the Taoyuan Veterans Home paid the adult performer for a steamy show, New York Post reported.
An attendee captured a video of the incident which took place on Thursday, September 8, and posted it on Facebook. Mid-Autumn Festival is a significant holiday in Asian culture where people come together to celebrate the rice and wheat harvests of the season. Reunions, harvest thanksgiving and good fortune prayers characterize the celebration in China. The yearly celebration is also known as the Moon Festival or Mooncake Festival, and it fell on September 10 in 2022.
In the 35-second video, a dancer in revealing clothing is seen entertaining a group of roughly a dozen men in wheelchairs. The men can be seen enjoying the show and clapping, as well as laughing. The dancer also performed a brief lapdance for one of the men. Later on, she tenderly strokes the man's bald head as she finishes her performance. However, by wearing face masks throughout the erotic show, the residents and the stripper were able to remain Covid-safe at all times, as seen on video. Since then, the video has received over 25,000 views and 10,000 comments.
After receiving criticism, the senior care facility issued a statement that reads, "The intention of the event was to entertain residents and make them happy. We are very sorry for the offense that was caused."
A spokesman for the nursing home also said that the Covid pandemic had forced the nursing home to cancel Mid-Autumn Festival celebrations the last two years. They scheduled the stripper to put on a show to cheer up the residents. They did admit, though, that the erotic dancer's actions were "too enthusiastic and fiery," and they promised to be "more cautious" going forward.
Taoyuan Veterans Home, which offers long-term care for people with dementia and other disabilities, is a government-run organization that caters to retired army personnel, according to its website.