China’s superfans lie low after government’s ‘false idols’ crackdown

Published Oct 06 2021 at 5:52 AM GMT
  • Beijing high schooler Chen Zhichu used to spend 30 minutes a day boosting actor Xiao Zhan online as one of a legion of superfans, before the practice fell foul of the government for promoting “unhealthy values”.State regulations last month banned “irrational star-chasing” – online celebrity rankings, fundraising and other tools used by China’s fandoms to get their idols trending on social media – in the latest of a series of crackdowns across Chinese society.



  • Published Oct 6, 2021 5:52 AM GMT