If you can’t imagine an entertainment industry without the drugs and sex, you better take it up with the Chinese government. As of last Thursday, stars with drug or prostitution arrests on their records are banned from Chinese media, according to Reuters. Accused of “destroying the morality in the society,” by the China Daily, the appearance of these rogue hedonists on any television, movie, radio broadcast, or advertisement is prohibited, and all previous appearances will be blocked by a new directive from the China State Administration of Publication, Press, Radio, Film and Television. Guess we’re going to have to stick to watching the tuhao to get our drama fix.
A series of drug-busts this August may have triggered this purge of the entertainment industry, though it mainly targeted B-list celebrities whose absence from the airwaves won’t bring too much chaos to the industry. We’re looking at you, Jaycee Chan.
Officials stated their desire to prevent the bad influence of law-breaking celebrities on children, though many foreign media outlets have linked this new measure to President Xi Jinping’s goal to reduce corruption and moral degradation in Chinese society. To this end, the directive isn’t just limited to television stations and movie theaters either- “tainted” celebrity works will be prohibited online as well.
The 11 celebrities arrested on drug related charges this year in China seem like nothing against the 44 arrested in the USA in 2013 alone. Luckily for the Hollywood elite, there has yet to be any indication that the ban on tainted celebrities applies to foreign stars.
This directive is already hurting the bad boys of Chinese entertainment. Kai Ko Chen-tung, a Taiwanese star arrested with Jaycee Chan in a drug bust this August, had to postpone the release of his newest movie, “A Choo”, in the Chinese mainland until next year, while a promotional event for his next movie, “Monster Hunt” was canceled in Shanghai. His advertising revenue will also evaporate, since endorsement deals with brands like Adidas and KFC will no longer be allowed in China.
Weibo users continue to protest against these measures, calling for the return of their favorite celebrities. A famous blogger by the name of Wuyue Sanren wrote “What’s strange is that all those movies were not made by one actor. All the other actors and crew of the movie were all innocent.”
Although the loss of revenue and face is a huge blow to the tainted celebs, there have been no indicators as to how long the ban will last. For now, here’s a look at the notorious junkies and whoremongers that we won’t be seeing for a while:
Wang Quan’an- Director of Weaving Girl, Tuya’s Marriage and Apart Together
Jaycee Chan- Actor, Son of Jackie Chan
Kai Ko Chen-tung- Actor, star of You Are the Apple of My Eye and the Tiny Times show
Huang Haibo- Actor, starred in A Beautiful Daughter-in-law Era, Let’s Get Married
Ning Caishen- Scriptwriter, known for TV show My Own Swordsman
Li Daimo- Reality show singer and former The Voice of China star
Gao Hu- Actor, The Bullet Vanishes
Zhang Mo- Actor, Let the Bullets Fly
Zhang Yuan- Director, known for award winning I Love and Little Red Flowers