Facing concerns from South Korea over whether the recent regulations on distorted "fan circle" culture and chaotic entertainment industry "deliberately targeted South Korea," the spokesman of the Chinese Embassy in South Korea clarified China's position on Wednesday, stressing that all the efforts are aimed at celebrities or fans who violate moral conduct and Chinese laws and it will not affect normal exchanges between China and any other country.
Sina Weibo announced on Sunday it has banned an account of South Korean boy band BTS' fan club from posting for 60 days, as the account was found to have engaged in illegal fundraising in chasing band member Park Ji-mi. The idol-chasing behavior of Park's fan club has attracted public attention on Weibo since Wednesday, when a fan club on Baidu Post Bar announced that a customized airplane raised by the club with Jeju Air had been put into service for three months, with the entire fuselage, cabin and plane tickets customized for the star.
The fan club has reportedly raised money starting from April to prepare for celebrations for the star's 26th birthday. After the fundraising activity was launched on Baidu Post Bar, more than 1 million yuan ($150,000) was raised in three minutes and 2.3 million yuan in one hour, according to Ji-min Bar. Apart from the airplane, the fan club also said that it had communicated with The New York Times and The Times on running ads for the star on October 13, which is his birthday. The fan club also said that The New York Times would display a full-page color advertisement.
Weibo on Sunday night continued its rectification of Chinese fan groups following South Korean entertainers by blocking 21 fan accounts from posting for 30 days. The 21 accounts punished by Weibo involved fans of Lisa and Rose, two members of the girl band Blackpink, Rap Monster, another BTS member, and fans of pop band EXO of which Kris Wu, a suspected rapist of female fans, was a former member.
The spokesman said in a statement published on Wednesday that recently, there have been frequent incidents of moral lapses and violations of laws involving Chinese celebrities, such as tax fraud, sexual assault, and drug abuse. For example, a famous foreign singer was arrested by the police on suspicion of rape, and an actor's visit to Japan's notorious Yasukuni Shrine were boycotted by the Chinese public. In both cases. The spokesman pointed out that the problem of sick "fan circle" culture in the Chinese entertainment industry is becoming increasingly prominent, with various fan bases abusing and slandering each other, engaging in malicious marketing, and even forcing fans, including minors, to raise funds to support such acts.
"These types of behavior spread a lot of harmful information to the society, causing a huge negative impact on the fan circle, mainly young people, and some even violate the law, which seriously hinders the healthy development of the entertainment industry," the spokesman said.
In response to such a negative phenomenon, the relevant Chinese authorities have urgently issued prohibitive and punitive measures to regulate entertainers' malicious marketing and encourage healthy consumption, launching a series of special actions focusing on the rectification of abnormal culture in the entertainment industry and the chaotic "fan circle."“All the efforts are aimed at celebrities or fans who violate moral conduct and Chinese laws and it will not affect normal exchanges between China and any other country.”
The spokesperson noted that China and South Korea have learned from each other through thousands of years of exchanges and have formed profound historical and cultural ties. "This is the launch year of the 'China-South Korea Cultural Exchange Year,' and the year 2022 will mark the 30th anniversary of China-South Korea diplomatic relations, to further strengthen friendly bilateral cooperation which conforms to the trend of the times, conforms to the people, and serves the fundamental interests of both sides," the spokesperson said, stressing that China will readily continue to strengthen cultural exchanges with the South Korea, encourage positive cultural exchanges and cooperation, while rejecting vulgarity and vulgar comparisons. "We hope that cultural exchanges between the two countries will become an inexhaustible driving force for the development of the China-South Korea bilateral relationship in the new era and play a positive role in boosting inter-personal bonds," the spokesperson said.