China’s government banned effeminate men on TV and told broadcasters to promote “revolutionary culture”.
China’s government banned effeminate men on TV and told broadcasters to promote “revolutionary culture”, broadening a campaign to tighten control over business and society and enforce official morality.
President Xi Jinping has called for a “national rejuvenation”, with tighter Communist Party control of business, education, culture and religion. Companies and the public are under increasing pressure to align with its vision for a more powerful China and healthier society.
The party has reduced children’s access to online games and is trying to discourage what it sees as unhealthy attention to celebrities.
Broadcasters must “resolutely put an end to sissy men and other abnormal aesthetics”, the TV regulator said, using an insulting slang term for effeminate men — “niang pao,” or literally, “girlie guns”.
That reflects official concern that Chinese pop stars, influenced by the sleek, girlish look of some South Korean and Japanese singers and actors, are failing to encourage China’s young men to be masculine enough.
Broadcasters should avoid promoting “vulgar internet celebrities” and admiration of wealth and celebrity, the regulator said. Instead, programmes should “vigorously promote excellent Chinese traditional culture, revolutionary culture and advanced socialist culture”.
Xi’s government also is tightening control over Chinese internet industries.