China bans non-male men from appearing on TV – Mothership.SG
The Chinese government has banned effeminate men from appearing on television and has demanded more control over entertainment programming.
PA reported that broadcasters have been told they need to “put an end to sissy men and other abnormal aesthetics”.
The National Radio and Television Administration used “niang pao”, or literally “girl pistols” – slang insulting to effeminate men – to describe effeminate men.
The move comes after Chinese President Xi Jinping called for tighter Communist Party control over business, education, culture and religion,
Chinese administration and supervision of state-owned enterprises active in the television and radio industries, National Radio and Television Administration (NRTA), said there should be strict control over the political and moral conduct of entertainment programs.
This includes the selection of actors and guests, performance style, costumes and makeup.
Why are they doing this?
The NRTA said broadcasters should prevent male celebrities who appear to be more feminine and display non-male traits from appearing in programs.
This reflects the government’s concern that Chinese pop stars emulate the fashion and style of some South Korean and Japanese singers and actors, who had not encouraged young Chinese men to be masculine, according to the BBC.
Broadcasters should avoid performers who “violate public order” or have “lost their morals,” NRTA said.
Controls on television programs
The programs should even promote traditional Chinese revolutionary and socialist culture, and refrain from displaying wealth and fame, NRTA said.
Broadcasters should ban programs about celebrity children and live auditioning shows where viewers can be encouraged to spend money.
In addition, they must curb the high salaries paid to celebrities and severely punish tax evaders.
According to PA, actress Zheng Shuang, was recently fined 299 million yuan (S $ 62 million) for tax evasion as a warning to other celebrities.
Broadcasters should avoid performers who disobey public order or have bad character, NRTA said.
This included Chinese actress Zhao Wei, who has been in numerous scandals since 2001, according to World time.
PA reported that the actress disappeared from streaming platforms without explanation.
His name has also been removed from the credits of movies and TV shows.
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