China Bans Films With Stars Who Use Drugs, Paid Sex

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HONG KONG – China’s entertainment industry regulator has barred the screening of films and TV shows that include talent that has been arrested for drug use, prostitution or gambling.

The move follows the arrests in August of Jackie Chan’s son Jaycee Chan and Taiwanese actor Kai Ko and the interrogation last month of film director Wang Quan’an who was taken in by police for having sex with a prostitute.

The State Administration for Radio Film and Television issued a directive on 28 Sept., which it sent to major broadcasters, film distributors and producers.

The directive builds on an earlier circular issued in September which warned mainland TV companies not to air content featuring stars with “bad records” and both are part of a wider drive to clean up Chinese society.

“Their actions not only broke the law, but also destroyed morality in the society,” SARFT said in the directive. “As public figures, they damaged the image of the whole industry and caused very negative social impact, especially to the young children.”

The bans will penalize companies and other innocent cast and crew who also worked on the films and shows. But that is expected to be a significant deterrent that makes producers and distributors ask questions of their potential hires and makes the business, rather than the police, largely responsible for enforcing the directive.

Following Jaycee Chan’s arrest more than a dozen film and TV companies issued a joint statement that they would not employ actors involved in drugs, prostitution or gambling

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  1. Diana says:

    We do not want to see movies that are made in China and not in English. We think that the USA should start deporting all the Chinese University students studying in the USA! This is runaway production!

  2. John Shea says:

    All three activities should be legalized except in rare and extraordinary circumstances. Governments must learn to trust their people more.

  3. Thomas Lin says:

    Well once in a while a country like China does something much smarter than what we do in America. I’ve thought for years if they simply enacted such a ban on allowing anyone convicted of a drug offense to be broadcast on either the TV or radio that it would make a dent in the drug problem far greater than sentencing anyone to jail ever will.

    Young people want to be like their favorite actor or singer, but if the ones using drugs aren’t there they will have to find another role model.

  4. MM says:

    If this happens in the U.S., it will be the end of entertainment as we know it, especially TV.

  5. China’s a big market. This will affect tentpole casting. This could cost Downey his Iron Man gig. For real.

  6. John Shea says:

    They might as well just ban ALL movies, and TV series too.

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