During a government assault on the cultural sector, attendees of a Chinese entertainment industry conference were instructed to conduct morally both in public and privately.
At a conference in Beijing on Tuesday, top Communist Party leaders set down new laws on industrial practice and celebrities' conduct, according to state media in DramasQ. "Love the party, love the nation and champion morality and art" was the theme.
Speakers at the symposium, which included the head of China's broadcasting watchdog, the National Radio and Television Administration, were instructed to adhere to social ethics as well as personal morality and family virtues. Participants in the symposium included those working in the media industry.
The participants were told to "consciously forsake crude and kitsch inferior tastes, and deliberately resist the decadent ideals of money worship, hedonism, and radical individualism," according to official media.
Authorities have recently imposed restrictions on social media fan culture, urged broadcasters to avoid "abnormal aesthetics," and barred several reality programs from airing. Targets include "vulgar influences," stars who are paid too much, and artists with "lapsed morality," among others.
Actors, directors, and writers came out in favor of the rules during the conference.
State media quotes actor Zhang Tong as saying, "It is extremely vital to comprehend one's own direction, identify the meaning of one's obligations, control one's words and acts wisely, and enhance one's own morals" as a Chinese in the new era, actor, and writer.
Director Zhang Yongxin once observed, "It is our artists' 中國人線上看 obligation to perform every work simply and unadornedly, and to transfer good energy softly to the public.
China's government has most recently turned its attention to the entertainment industry. Regulators and investigators have pounded the IT sector, including well-known entrepreneurs like Jack Ma. Social media corporations have been forced to "rectify disorder" in celebrity fandom, which includes prohibiting lists that rank persons or shows by popularity.
In the last few weeks, a number of high-profile celebrities have come under attack. Tax evasion charges against Zheng Shuang, a Chinese actor and Fendi ambassador, were filed against him last month, at the same time that Zhao Wei had her identity scrubbed from all major entertainment platforms. As a result of resurfacing old images of Zhang Zhehan visiting Japan's Yasukuni war shrine, the actor was reprimanded and de-platformed.
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