Chinese stars must rule around the money-obsessed Western celebrity culture, the country’s Communist Party has reminded them to eradicate the virtues of patriotism and morality after publicly chastising several big names.
Beijing’s most famous has had a stern conversation with major communists in the Communist Party, asked to “oppose the decadent ideas of money-making, hedonism and extreme individualism“During an entertainment industry symposium on Tuesday in Beijing, state media reported.
The event was attended by well-known celebrities, showbiz moguls and senior party members, all of whom were reminded of their responsibility to follow social ethics, personal morals and family values. They should be a good example for their fans – and for the Chinese in general – by “deliberately give up[ing] vulgar and kitsch inferior taste, and deliberate opposites[ing]… decadent ideas.”
“It is the duty of our creator to perform any work simply and without adornment and to pass on positive energy to the audience, ”Said Director Zhang Yongxin in a speech during the event.
Although their language may carry a tinge of old-fashioned thought reform — the polite term for ‘brainwashing’ —the Chinese government has helped to revise the nation’s cultural image far beyond telling individual stars what to do and say.
Beijing has recently adopted a number of changes, from banning some reality TV series, kicking out certain K-pop stars from social media and ‘rejecting’ misunderstood celebrities from the internet. Among those missing were Chinese-Canadian pop star Kris Wu, arrested on charges of sexual assault in August, and billionaire actress Zhao Wei, who was the memory hole for less obvious reasons, involving a major lawsuit last month. Co-star Zheng Shuang was also reportedly blacklisted for tax evasion, for which she was fined $ 46 million.
Alibaba founder Jack Ma’s three-month ‘dispensation’ has also been linked to this image-cleaning campaign, in which the e-commerce tycoon is accused of criticizing the Chinese banking system and trying to revise it with his latest venture, Ant Group.
The Chinese equivalent of Uber, called DiDi, was subsequently picked up from p-stores to seek out foreign investors. Meanwhile, blockbuster game developer Tencent was torn over the coals in state media to poison children with “spiritual opium. ”
Children’s video games are officially limited to only three hours a week in a parent who is self-employed in the country’s wildly popular gaming sector. It’s all completely different from the familiar business-first-drive that encourages companies to think of their shareholders first, even if it means turning their customers into blank-eyed click zombies.
While those in the West are quick to pounce on Beijing to de-platform these artists and companies to supposedly make China look bad, US social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook have repeatedly demonstrated their own willingness to get inconvenient content or entire accounts to disappear in response to requests from friendly governments, and companies that these governments dislike find themselves pretty quickly without investors (or web infrastructure).
Moreover, unlike China’s state-owned social media outfits, Facebook, Google, and the like are at least nominally independent companies, raising troubling First Amendment questions about their relationship with Washington.
It’s also hard to imagine that any of the big Western tech platforms voluntarily took a step that would cost them money – China’s move towards its own Big Tech sector, for example, has reportedly wiped out $ 1.2 trillion in value of the market. Meanwhile, the country has called for an improvement in primary school performance and banned private education and also promised to stabilize housing prices to make housing affordable and affordable for young people – a problem that is likely to affect the millions of young Americans for whom such ‘luxury’ is hopelessly out of reach.
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