China’s social media platform Weibo said it was illegally funded by a fan club of the popular Korean K-pop band BTS, a few days after a photo of a fan club-funded customized plane was posted online. Posting is prohibited.
Weibo’s fan club account with over 1.1 million followers was centered around BTS member Jimin. The restrictions imposed on the account were in the midst of a Chinese campaign to clean up the entertainment industry and crack down on the “irrational behavior” that fans show.
Xi Jinping Jintao of China, business by the Communist Party, has called for education, culture, the “national rejuvenation” to strengthen the control of religion.
Since then, the party has been trying to reduce children’s access to online games and discourage what is considered unhealthy attention to celebrities. Last week, the government banned feminine men on television and banned idol development shows because of their “low moral value” that could adversely affect young people.
BTS fan accounts were banned from posting to Weibo last week after Jeju Air’s customized airplane images were distributed online along with Jimin’s images. The customized plane was part of the club’s plans to celebrate his 26th birthday in October.
The stunts gathered swift criticism online about the excess. In response to the backlash, the account released a statement last week on a feed that encourages fans to be “reasonable” when chasing celebrities for a “harmonious and healthy Internet environment.”
Weibo said in a statement on Sunday that it had been banned from posting for 60 days after the group was found to have raised funds illegally.
“Weibo will firmly oppose and take seriously the act of chasing such irrational stars,” the statement said.
According to the Global Times of the state media, the fan club started fundraising in April to prepare for the birthday celebration, and in the first three minutes of the fundraising, 1 million yuan ($ 150,000) and 2.3 million yuan (360,000 yuan) I collected dollars). First hour.
The club also planned to place an ad celebrating Jimmin’s birthday in newspapers like The New York Times.
It’s not uncommon for K-POP fans around the world to celebrate the birthday of their favorite celebrity by advertising in newspapers and billboards and customizing public transport with images of idols.
Many fans are also raising money to donate to philanthropy, such as funding education for the underprivileged and sponsoring wildlife in the name of the star, as part of such a celebration. ..
Weibo also said in another statement on Sunday that it banned 21 other fan accounts for 30 days by posting “irrational star tracking” content. The banned fan accounts centered around members of the Korean boy band NCT and EXO and K-pop celebrities such as the girl group Blackpink.
Chinese celebrities are often pressured or faced with the values that the Chinese government supports. Celebrities such as Fan Bingbing and Zheng Shuang were fined heavily for tax evasion, and popular actress Zhao Wei removed her name from the credits of the movies and TV shows she starred last week without explanation.
Chinese singer and actor Lu Han, a former member of the popular K-POP group EXO, said in a video distributed online last week that the CEO described Taiwan as “an ultra-modern high-tech country.”
China, which claims Taiwan as its territory, opposes mentioning the autonomous island as a country. Under one-country policy, other countries have diplomatic relations with either China or Taiwan, but not with both.