STOMPer Lion King feels it is disrespectful of these members of a lion dance troupe to wear slippers, making themselves look sloppy.
Said the STOMPer:
"Happened to see this picture on Facebook.
"Members of this lion dance troupe wore slippers to kai cai for people's grand opening. So disrespectful to both the traditional significant event as well as the reputation of the troupe.
"A grand opening should be much respected, especially by the most important part of the backstage people - the percussions.
"Although they are not performing but on a drums and cymbals, they still shouldn't wear so 'anyhow'. Moreover it's in public. How would people look at this troupe?
"Imagine a patient in a hospital seeing the doctor wearing his lab coat with shorts. How would the patient think?
"A reply in Facebook says, '...no standard, this people give lion dancers a bad name...'
"Another netizen said they're so 'qin cai' (anything).
"Another replied 'qin cai cai qin', which means they're not serious when doing the grand opening.
"Since the second day of CNY, I observed quite a number of troupes doing Cai Qing.
"All the performers, even helpers who are not in any performance at all, wear their troupe T-shirt. Those who wear their own pants wear them properly too. Those who wear slippers are not wearing any troupe T-shirt and pants.
"In this picture, they were well-dressed from the top, looking like they were on standby to take over the dance when necessary. People on standby need to wear full proper gear. What would happen if they need to go under the lion props to perform. Imagine the dancer (lion) wear slippers? It's hilarious!
"Lastly, this lion dance troupe has no discipline on individual turn-out too. I recall a friend of mine who was in one of the troupes before in Singapore saying that the troupe master emphasised on turn-out.
"Though it is 'nothing' but he said 'my troupe master says, by receiving people's money to perform, they must give them the worth and respect'.
"People who fail to wear proper attire were ask to wear those training shoes from any anonymous party, or else they were not allowed to wear the troupe's attire."