One of China's biggest actor Zhao Wei becomes latest victim of government crackdown
In a government crackdown on “celebrity culture”, Chinese actress Zhao Wei is on their hit list as her name has been erased from several Chinese video platforms by Beijing.
An award-winning Chinese actor and filmmaker, Zhao Wei who is also popularly known as Vicky had a multi pronged attack recently and subsequent disappearance from the public eye.
Her films and TV shows or mention of her appearance in many shows have been erased. Her name from online casting lists have been dropped too. Her fan page on the heavily censored Chinese social networking site Weibo has been taken down, CNN reports, while SCMP reports that a hashtag allowing fans to share information about her was also censored.
The Chinese actress first found fame in the late 1990s with the TV show ‘My Fair Princess’, in which she played the lead. She then became a successful businesswoman along with performances in hit shows and films. The audience in the West usually remember her from the action film ‘Shaolin Soccer’.
There is no clarity on why this happened but it follows a pattern of what other Chinese celebrities have faced in their home country. China’s top internet watchdog said earlier that it would take action against the dissemination of “harmful information” in celebrity fan groups and close discussion channels that spread celebrity scandals or "provoke trouble".
Late last year, billionaire Jack Ma, also disappeared from public life for three months after the Chinese government prevented him from taking his Ant Group public, following his criticism of the state bureaucracy.
The crackdown on celebrity fan culture also comes amid a wider regulatory campaign against the country's Internet giants.