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China ‘bans boy bands, reality TV and influencers’ in cultural crackdown

China is boycotting boybands reality TV and influencers (Picture: Getty)

The Chinese government has called for a boycott of ‘sissy’ boybands, ‘vulgar’ social media influencers and reality television in their ongoing crackdown on the entertainment industry.

The new regulations are part of President Xi Jinping’s vision for the future of China, with businesses and the public expected to follow his calls for a ‘national rejuvenation.

China’s broadcast regulator, The National Radio and Television Administration, made the announcement during an eight-point regulation plan, revealed by the South China Morning Post.

An emphasis was placed on banning ‘immoral’ stars, in particular, ‘resolutely putting an end to sissy idols’ and ‘abnormal esthetics’ that go against ‘correct beauty standards’.

‘Sissy idols’ is a term used to describe hugely popular boybands in China such as Uniq, Super Junior-M and TFBoys (pictured above), who have faced regular criticism in the past for wearing make-up and donning high fashion.

The state regulator also called for broadcasters to avoid promoting ‘vulgar internet celebrities and instead focus on programming that ‘vigorously promote excellent Chinese traditional culture, revolutionary culture, and advanced socialist culture.’

This also applies to the boycott of popular reality shows, with the regulation stating that ‘idol selection shows cannot be shown, as well as shows starring the children of celebrities.”

WayV perform above, with other boycotts listed in the plan include ‘malicious fandom culture’ (Picture: Getty)

Hugely successful Chinese talent shows such as Idol Producer, 101 China and Youth With You may be affected by the ruling as Beijing continued to reshape its cultural life.

This would be a massive blow for China’s entertainment sector as such shows generate colossal revenue, with their clips going viral and building unheard-of traction on social media.

There has also been a call for Chinese commentators to ‘insist on correcting political direction and values, criticise the fake, ugly and evil values.’

Other boycotts listed in the plan include ‘malicious fandom culture’ and overly high-paying acting jobs.

Extravagant spending, fake contracts and tax evasion are also boycotted in the plan.

The new regulation plan has divided residents, with some looking forward to the continued entertainment purge while others labelled it as problematic.

Guangzhou-based senior NGO worker, Ah Qiang, said: ‘A person’s gender expression has no connection to their talent, characters, and whether or not they are patriotic or contribute to society

‘This is discrimination against those with neutral or a more feminine gender expression, it’s a conflict between a backwards beauty standard and individualisation in modern society.’

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