China on Thursday broadened its crackdown on the entertainment industry, directing broadcasters to bar artistes with “immoral” records and “incorrect political positions”, and ban men who are “effeminate” in their performance styles.
A “patriotic atmosphere” should be cultivated and propagated in entertainment shows, China’s National Radio and Television Administration (NRTA) said in a notice published on its website on Thursday. It further said unhealthy content has to be regulated and television stars’ paychecks have to be capped.
“Individuals with a wrong political stance, those who go against the country and the Communist Party of China (CPC), should not be employed by the industry. The same goes for those who violate Chinese laws or social moralities,” read an English translation of the NRTA notice as reported by The Global Times.
The notice made a specific mention of banning what it called “abnormal aesthetics”,…