China enacts new policy banning effeminate men on TV

According to The AP, South Korean and Japanese singers were influencing Chinese pop stars who have been known for their sleek looks which China considers girlie and not masculine enough. The party has reduced children’s access to online games and is trying to discourage what it sees as unhealthy attention to celebrities. Rules that took effect this week limit anyone under 18 to three hours per week of online games and prohibits play on school days.

China also told broadcasters they should avoid promoting “vulgar internet celebrities” and admiration of wealth and celebrity. Programs should instead “vigorously promote excellent Chinese traditional culture, revolutionary culture and advanced socialist culture.” Xi’s government also is tightening control over Chinese internet industries and is censoring celebrities.

China told their networks that they should avoid performers who “violate public order” or have “lost morality” and programs about the children of celebrities were also prohibited. Several entertainment news websites were also shut down this week.

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