China's mask slips as crackdown on 'effeminate' men launched

CHINESE President Xi Jinping has launched a new policy urging broadcasters to stop showing “effeminate” behaviour and “warped” content on their programs.

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The new policy comes in the same week that President Xi introduced a limit on gaming hours for those under 18, limiting them to three hours per week. These policies have come in quick succession but have not been the first to have sparked issues for Chinese citizens.

President Xi’s decision to introduce a crackdown on private tutoring was another policy that has impacted the economy of China and the lives of its citizens.

One of China’s major education providers, Juren Education was forced into administration in the weeks that followed the announcement.

However, despite apologies to parents and children alike, the new policies introduced by President Xi were not cited as one of the causes for Juren Education going bust.

The company instead highlighted that they were put into administration due to the “operating difficulties” experienced within the company.

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President Xi has introduced a string of new policies in recent weeks (Image: PA)

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President Xi has put a limit on hours of gaming (Image: PA)

But the most recent of policies introduced by Mr Xi has seen a new focus on the entertainment industry.

In addition to the focus on a reduction in the broadcasting of feminine men, the boycott initiated by the Chinese authorities also looks to stop any soaring payments being given to stars of the entertainment industry.

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President Xi has limited hours of gaming to three hours (Image: PA)

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President Xi has introduced tough new measures in China (Image: Getty)

Shi Wenxue, an entertainment industry observer based in Berlin, has said: “The moves not only target chaos on the surface, but the gray industrial chain and capital behind the chaos.

In other words, it is not only aimed at rectifying platforms, agencies or fanquan (fan circle), but radically reforming the industry.”

Concerns about the direction in which China was going were raised just days before the introduction of these new policies.


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Chinese cities under some of the most under surveillance places in the world (Image: Express)

Meanwhile leftist writer and WeChat blogger, Li Guangman believes the country should have become more “masculine”.

Mr Li believes that China’s “culture market will no longer become a paradise for effeminate men”.

He added the transformation which is taking place in China is “from capital-centred to people-centred.”

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Pro-democracy marches have taken place in Chinatown, London (Image: PA)

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Chinatown was home to pro-democracy protests in London (Image: PA)

Streaming companies have since taken the decision to introduce measures of their own to ensure it complies with the regulations.

Qiyi, a Chinese video-streaming platform, has stopped any idol competition programs amid the new policies introduced by President Xi.

William Murphy

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