This information is just a false rumor but has strongly affected one of the most popular members of Twice.
2021 was a shocking year for the Chinese entertainment industry when artists were banned constantly for various reasons. On the noon of October 12th, netizens were again buzzed by a supposed list of “celebrities blacklisted from opportunities” in China.
The list of “disgraced artists” in 2021 includes 47 people, some of whom have been involved in tax evasion and cheating scandals from years ago, like Liu Xiaoqing (tax evasion); Jaycee Chan, Ning Caishen, Zhang Mo, Gao Hu, Yin Xiangjie (drug abuse); Li Xiaolu, Michael Chen, Bai Bai He, Chen Sicheng, Andy Zhang, Edison Chen (love affair scandal). However, the list is not officially published by China’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism, and there has been no announcement from the Chinese National Radio and Television Administration.
It is notable that this list calls out the name of Tzuyu (TWICE). It has spread on social media and somehow affected her reputation. Earlier in August, rumors about a “blacklist” containing Tzuyu’s name also spread, after a series of official bans of “misbehaving celebrities” from Chinese Government.
China’s Ministry of Culture has quickly corrected that the list did not exist as rumors have it on social media. However, the K-pop fandom is still quite confused when Tzuyu’s name is constantly mentioned among such Chinese stars.
This emerging information of Twice’s maknae is believed to relate to her scandal in 2016, when her image posted on social media upset Chinese fans. Then, under pressure from Chinese fan community, she had to film an apology. Since then, Tzuyu has hardly appeared on social media platforms in China, but her name is occasionally put on such rumored list.
Shortly thereafter, however, it can be seen that the scandal has not affected Tzuyu’s activities that much, as TWICE now mainly focuses on their growth in Korean and Japanese music markets. Tzuyu is still being well-loved and supported by foreign fan communities.