Zhao Wei’s incident may be viewed as a wake-up warning for Chinese entertainment in terms of rectifying the attitude of Chinese artists.
In less than two months, significant scandals involving several well-known entertainers erupted. Young performers like Kris Wu, Zhang Zhenhan, as well as veteran actors like Zhao Wei, are all exposed for their wrongdoings. The National Radio and Television Administration (NRTA) has issued a series of legal letters to boycott artists, demonstrating the Chinese Culture Bureau’s determination to reimagining the entertainment industry.
Today, September 2, China ordered broadcasters to shun artists with “incorrect political positions” and “effeminate” styles and said a patriotic atmosphere needed to be cultivated, widening a crackdown on its booming entertainment industry. Penalties should be increased for actors who have engaged in illegal or unethical behavior, and agencies which condone such behaviors promptly punished, said the Party notice.
However, there is a notable and contentious aspect in the NRTA‘s document: the desire to boycott the “effeminate styles” This is believed to set the proper artistic direction for the programs, as well as rigorously manage the selection of performers, guests, performance styles, costumes, makeup, and so on. This is a sign that male performers in Chinese entertainment would face increasing restrictions in expressing themselves.
This detail sparked heated debate among Chinese fans. Many individuals believe that each person’s aesthetic notion is unique and that terminating “effeminate styles,” as the NRTA put it, is a method of constraining artists’ freedom of expression. There have even been claims that this is “discrimination” between male and female artists in showbiz.
One comment expressed confusion when reading the announcement from the NRTA: “I really don’t understand. Since when did the word ‘feminine’ become such a derogatory term? I believe it is critical to evaluate and pay attention to the ethics and behavior of artists. Normalization and variety of aesthetics, on the other hand, may help culture flourish while also satisfying people’s spiritual requirements.”
“Why does National Radio and Television Administration have to regulate personal aesthetics? Isn’t it discrimination? How do you measure masculinity?” asked another. “Is it that you are only masculine if you look like the security guard in the subway in Xi’an?”
The notice further said that programs portraying “effeminate” behavior and other content deemed “warped” should be stopped, along with shows built around scandals, ostentatious wealth, and “vulgar” internet celebrities.
On the evening of September 2, the authorities continue vowed to curb the behaviours of China’s “chaotic” fandoms, such as what they deem to be irrational celebrity worship. Boy-love (BL) dramas were also said to be banned. The document also indicates that in the entertainment industry, some employees have weak legal awareness, low moral beliefs, and illegal and unethical words and deeds. This has a negative impact on society, especially young people, has a negative impact on society, causing a harsh public reaction.
It can be observed that the Chinese government’s severe measures in artist management serve as a wake-up warning for the entertainment industry on the issue of moral rectification and personal aesthetics. However, regulations that are believed to be overly stringent and sexist are creating conflicting reactions in the entertainment industry.
At this pivotal moment, no celebrities have reacted or expressed their thoughts on the NRTA‘s new statement. Many people believe that the ongoing scandals involving big stars like as Zhao Wei, Kris Wu, and Zheng Shuang are the reason the NRTA and other authorities declared such tight martial law.