China has banned Hip-hop and tattoo actors from appearing on air.
This follows a directive by the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television of the People’s Republic of China (SAPPRFT) on carrying out a crackdown on low taste content.
The Chinese regulator has also issued a directive to the media that it “requires that programs should not feature actors with tattoos [or depict] hip hop culture, sub-culture (non-mainstream culture) and dispirited culture (decadent culture)”.
Gao Changli, Director of SAPPRFT, issued a statement containing what he termed as the four “Dont’s” that he expects the media has to abide by;
Absolutely do not use actors whose heart and morality are not aligned with the party and whose morality is not noble.
Absolutely do not use actors who are tasteless, vulgar and obscene.
Absolutely do not use actors whose ideological level is low and have no class.
Absolutely do not use actors with stains, scandals and problematic moral integrity.
The crackdown has seen Hip Hop artists Wang Hao, popularly known as PG One and Zhou Yan, popularly known as GAI face sanctions in recent weeks.
The two were accused of bad behavior and content that go against the Communist party values.
The Chinese Hip Hop artists also had their content removed from China Hunan TV’s official YouTube channel after being dropped from the Singer; a competition show they were involved in.
On January 4, PG One issued an apology saying that exposure and influence to black music lead him to misunderstand mainstream values.
He was forced to make the apology after a complaint raised by the Communist Youth League on their Webo account citing that his song ‘Christmas Eve’ contained what was termed as “degrading and out of line lyrics” that encouraged drug abuse among teenagers and insulted women.
A similar ban was imposed on the likes of Maroon 5, Lady Gaga and Selena Gomez from holding tours in China due to their ties to Dalai Lama on the grounds of bad behavior.