Russian own officials hire male strippers for Day of Youth celebration

July 2, 2013 at 6:35 PM

CHUSOVOI, Russia, July 2 (UPI) -- Some residents of a Russian town said they were shocked officials chose to have male strippers perform at Day of Youth festivities.

The eight strippers performed during celebrations at a public park in Chusovoi Saturday attended by several thousand people. They were introduced by Valentin Shadrin, deputy head of Perm's Chusovoi district, the Rossiya TV channel reported Tuesday.

"You are our hope, our tower of strength, the future of our region," Shadrin said in dedicating the performance Saturday to young people.

The strippers then took the stage and disrobed before feeding bananas to girls and women in the assembled crowd.

Outraged residents took to social media and described the performance as "shameful" and "vulgar," the Russian news agency RIA Novosti reported.

Many questioned why officials chose adult-themed entertainment for an event attended by children of all ages.

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