China has Banned Hip Hop Culture, and Tatoos from Media and Television


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As reported by Sina, a Chinese news outlet,  The country’s top media regulator — The State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television of the People’s Republic of China (SAPPRFT) has now required specifically that actors who have tatoos or depict hip hop culture, sub-culture (non-mainstream culture) and dispirited culture (decadent culture), should not be featured in programs.

Gao Changli, director of the administration’s publicity department, outlined four “Don’t” rules on Friday:

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

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The ban is said to follow the removal of the prominent rapper GAI from ‘Hunan TV’s Singer’, a hit competition show. Clips of GAI, whose real name is Zhou Yan, were also removed from China Hunan TV’s official Youtube Channel. Music by Triple H, an influential underground rapper, has also been removed from major streaming sites, a contestant on the show Super Brian, which is not hip-hop related, even had his hip-hop style necklace blurred out,, another well-known rapper, Wang Hao, aka PG One was forced to apologize earlier this month after one of his songs, “Christmas Eve,” was criticized for promoting drug culture and insulting women. Also. Chinese rapper Mao Yanqi, aka VaVa, was cut from the variety show Happy Camp, according to Tecent News.

The recent ban doesn’t seem to go be generally accepted by the Chinese social media, as some angrily responded;

“SARPPFT is so trashy! They didn’t want to give Chinese hip pop singers any chance of survival! we can go back to ancient times,” wrote one user on Weibo — China’s equivalent of Twitter.

“How can a government with high culture have such childish logic?” asked another.


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