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IDEOLOGY WAR: China To Enforce Crackdown On Celebrity Fan Clubs

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New regulation in China is now targetting millions of young fans loyal to famous actors and singers who are a lucrative force in China’s entertainment industry.

Celebrity fan clubs as they are called have now become the latest target of government regulators as authorities have banned activities that encouraged fans to spend money on their favourite stars, online celebrity rankings and discussions about their salaries are also prohibited. A Chinese newspaper Global Times that the government have used to promote these regulations reports that fan clubs could be used to manipulate minds and split the Chinese society.

Mega-rich entertainers have been criticized and punished for tax evasion and other undesirable behaviours. The moves are part of Beijing’s efforts to promote Chinese socialist values among young people, and a crackdown on so-called negative influences in entertainment culture. It follows the announcement of new rules limiting how much time young people can spend playing online video games. Minors can now log on for three hours a week maximum, and only on weekends. Beijing says the curbs are necessary to combat gaming and internet addiction. But critics say it’ll do the opposite.

on the surface. These changes seem like rules designed to stop unhealthy or obsessive behaviours among young people. But for the Chinese Communist Party, it’s much more. It sees the entertainment industry, as an ideological battleground, that needs to be kept in check. Regulators have also banned the portrayal of effeminate men, and online LGBTQI communities have been censored activists are mean, says the government is actively trying to mould the identity of young Chinese.

Critiques are saying the new regulations will limit the imagination and creativity of young people.

People in China are even more worried that there are more changes ahead, and the freedoms of Chinese youth will increasingly be replaced by the agenda of the government

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