“I’m so mad; I could tear his head off.” I know I’ve heard that phrase more than a few times over the years, but I’ve never heard anyone say “I’m so mad; I could tear his clothes off.” Nevertheless, that was the situation on the side of a road in China last week. A husband and wife had a very public spat that resulted in a fair amount of their bits hanging out for everyone to see.

Couple fighting in street as they tear off each other's clothes

The video footage of the incident begins midway through the fight, with the woman having already begun her attack on her husband. His black pants are around his ankles, while his shirt has been torn off completely. An addendum to the old adage from your mother that you should always wear clean underwear is that you probably shouldn’t be wearing a man thong if you think there’s any chance your pants might end up around your ankles in the middle of a busy street in broad daylight.

Quickly the man turns the tables and begins to abuse the woman by pulling her hair and slapping her in the face. All the while the two continue yelling at one another. Suddenly, in an effort to return the favor, the man grabs the woman’s green skirt and begins to tear it off her lower body. Not yet finished, he tears her blouse off, including her bra, leaving her breasts exposed. During the whole conflict, as they wrestle on the asphalt, people honk and look, but do not intervene.

Although the video does not show the conclusion of the argument, eyewitnesses stated that the wife was shouting at the husband that he was ‘useless’ while he countered that he was trying ‘to make life better.’ After about ten minutes, the two continued to argue with one another, but got into their red car and drove away, both only wearing their underwear. This is the second recent incident of a public fight in China that has involved people tearing the clothes off one another; last time involved a young girl stripped naked over a subway seat.


Pammy Lin

Pammy Lin

I'm a travel writer based in Washington state. I'm on the road over 200 days every year and have visited over 70 countries.