China is going to war with scandal-stricken celebrities whom it considers “social tumors” as part of a “deep revolution” in the business, finance and cultural sectors, state media said.
Billionaire actress Zhao Wei was wiped off the internet last week, with movies and TV shows she starred in being removed from streaming services without the government giving a reason.
She is the latest star to find herself in communist crosshairs, with actress Zheng Shuang being fined $46 million on Friday for tax evasion.
A list of “celebrities misbehaving” allegedly blacklisted by Beijing was circulated on social media last week.
Zhao, 45, and Zheng, 30, were both on the list, along with Chinese-Canadian pop star Kris Wu, who was arrested this month on suspicion of rape.
“From the economic realm, the financial sector to the cultural sphere and to the political field, a profound transformation or a profound revolution is taking place,” wrote nationalist blogger Li Guangman.
Actresses Zheng Shuang (left) and Zhao Wei. Billionaire actress Zhao Wei was wiped off the internet last week, with movies and TV shows she starred in being removed from streaming services without the government giving a reason. She is the latest star to find herself in communist crosshairs, with actress Zheng Shuang being fined $46 million on Friday for tax evasion.
A list of “misbehaving celebrities” allegedly blacklisted by the Communist Party was circulated on social media last week. Zhao and Zheng were both on the list, along with Chinese-Canadian pop star Kris Wu (pictured), who was arrested this month on suspicion of rape.
“This is a political transformation… a return to the original mission of the Communist Party of China, a return to the centralism of the people and a return to the essence of socialism.”
Li’s article, in which celebrities affected by scandals called “social tumors,” was picked up by the People’s Daily, the official Xinhua news agency, PLA Daily, China Youth Daily, the China News Service and China Central Television.
The rare orchestrated move from all the major propaganda channels comes as Beijing tries to work hard against the Western influence of celebrities and tech giants.
The tech sector now accounts for nearly a third of China’s economy — but since the beginning of the year, Beijing has sanctioned big tech and its tycoons,
Government action has caused some of the largest companies to lose $1.2 trillion in value in just six months.
Jack Ma, China’s answer to Jeff Bezos, disappeared for three months and forcibly restructured his Alibaba firms; DiDi – China’s Uber – was pulled from app stores; and game developer Tencent was accused of poisoning children with “spiritual opium.”
Kids were banned from playing online games for more than three hours a week this week, which is another blow to the hulking video game companies that dominate China’s tech sector.
On Monday, the Communist Party’s top disciplinary committee heard evidence that capitalism aspired to “manipulate” young people, “loot economic benefits and even influence the thoughts and cultures of society.”
Jiang Yu, a researcher for the State Council’s Development Research Center, told the committee: “If capitalism could expand unchecked in the cultural realm, art and culture will lose the function of serving the people and promoting socialism and the Chinese.” to serve. nation will lose its spiritual home.’
Jack Ma disappeared for three months and was hit by investigations that wiped more than $100 billion from his empire’s value after he criticized China’s financial sector
Beijing’s dramatic shift — willing to wipe out even billions from its own economy — has raised fears of a new Cultural Revolution, a decade of political turmoil from 1966 to 1976 under Mao Zedong.
The tyrant launched a vicious campaign to strengthen his rule and remove all capitalist or “bourgeois” elements from the party, schools, factories and government institutions.
China claims to tackle wealth inequality and abuse of workers and data by big tech, but observers believe Xi has other motives
It’s not clear exactly how many people were killed during the purge, with estimates ranging from 400,000 to as many as 20 million.
Cai Xia, a former professor at the Central Party School and now a fierce critic of President Xi, told Radio Free Asia that she was experiencing a replay of the 1960s.
“The party will certainly launch a political movement if it is in crisis,” she said.
Wang Dan, a former student leader of the pro-democracy Tiananmen movement in 1989, said the Communist Party wanted to “transform people in a moving way and start a revolution in the cultural realm.”
But Wang wondered if that was possible in the 21st century, writing, “How many people in today’s China really admire and follow Xi Jinping?”
In addition to cracking down on the tech world and celebrities, Beijing has banned private lessons and ordered public schools to improve.
On Wednesday, the government pledged to stabilize house prices and make housing affordable for young people.
This policy is part of Xi’s goal of “common prosperity” to achieve a more socialist country.
In his much-publicized nationalist column this week, blogger Li wrote: “This transformation will wipe out all the dust. The capital market will not be the paradise where capitalists get rich overnight, the cultural market will not be the paradise of sissy celebrities and public opinion will not worship Western cultures.’