On November 23, China’s Association of Performing Arts released its 9th edition of blacklisted online streamers. Unlike previous editions, the inclusion of Kris Wu, Zhang Zhehan and Zheng Shuang makes this the very first time actors have found their way into the list. It appears the reason for their inclusion is inline with the government’s mandate of “prohibiting unethical actors from making a comeback through different means,” specifically through livestreaming and e-commerce which is a lucrative avenue more and more celebs have taken.
3 Actors Out of 88 Livestreamers
The list includes 88 personalities mentioned, 85 of which are livestreamers with Kris Wu, Zheng Shuang and Zhang Zhehan rounding up the final three. A representative from People’s Daily, official mouthpiece of the ruling Communist Party said “the rapid development of the entertainment industry has seen the rise of situations that need to be dealt with such as the rise of flow stars, abnormal aesthetics, and toxic fan culture.” According to them, because some entertainers have low political literacy and legal awareness, not to mention “declining moral values”, these celebs have a negative influence on society and serve as a poor example particularly to young people who look up to them.
In recent months the government has been focusing its efforts on overhauling the entire entertainment industry via its Qinglang campaign, putting in tighter measures to curb toxic fan behaviour and placing more responsibility on celebs and their agencies because of their influence. This comes at the heels of several scandals that shocked everyone beginning with Zheng Shuang’s surrogacy and abandonment scandal (and her tax evasion case) that exploded earlier in the year, followed by Kris Wu’s arrest on suspicion of rape, and Zhang Zhehan’s more recent controversy after photos with the Yasukuni War Shrine in the background resurfaced.