Jackie Chan, Jet Li’s blacklisted rumors swirl amid Chinese celebrity crackdown
A little-known Chinese director has gained some sort of cult following Douyin – the Chinese version of TikTok – after claiming that a crackdown on the country’s entertainment industry could reach top stars like Jackie Chan and Jet Li.
Zhou Guogang, 33, who has worked on three films in his career so far, commented at length on recent events in China, where the presence of Chinese actor Zhao Wei was wiped from the internet for reasons still unknown last week. .
Zhou’s short videos appear to be speculation, but his own presence in the entertainment industry has given the rumors some credibility among his Douyin subscribers.
After the works of Zhao, 45, were removed from Chinese streaming platforms and social media services on August 26, Zhou noticed that other celebrities had deleted posts and photos apparently featuring the actor. blacklisted, the exact offenses of which are still unknown.
Last Friday, in a video, Zhou suggested that Chinese celebrities with foreign passports could be next on the “cancellations” list. According to the director, this could include martial arts actor Li, 58, who holds Singaporean nationality.
“You should run. You might be hit with the house next month,” Zhou said.
In another article published on Sunday, the director claimed that 30-year-old Canadian actor Kris Wu, currently detained in Beijing on suspicion of rape, had handed over to Chinese authorities a list of 47 celebrities.
The nature of the list of rumors is unclear, but Zhou said it includes Jackie Chan, Chinese filmmaker Feng Xiaogang and others. Chan, from Hong Kong, is a strong supporter of the Chinese Communist Party and its policies.
“A storm is brewing in the entertainment industry,” Zhou said.
The fate of the famous Zhao, also known as Vicky or Vicki, remains shrouded in mystery. Amid rumors that she and her husband, 44-year-old Singaporean businessman Huang You Long, fled to France over the weekend, Zhao posted a cryptic message on Instagram hinting that she was still in Beijing. The August 29 post was deleted an hour later.
Observers have speculated that Zhao’s online disappearance could be linked to his friendship with Alibaba founder Jack Ma, who himself appeared to fall into the trap of Chinese leaders after criticizing the country’s financial system. country last year.
On August 27, China’s internet watchdog, known as the Cyberspace Administration of China, issued a notice to social media companies to suppress the culture of harmful and cult celebrities in order to create a “clean Internet”.
On Wednesday, Douyin said an internal review resulted in 1,900 user groups being removed from his platform. The fan groups had been set up to spread gossip and rumors, as well as to play and fund crowdfunding, he said.