Shanghai tax authorities fined Zheng 299 million yuan (S $ 62 million) for tax evasion and unreported income between 2019 and 2020 while filming a television series
Famous Chinese actress Zheng Shuang was fined for tax evasion on Friday August 27, while references to movie star Vicki Zhao were wiped from video streaming sites as China ramps up campaign against celebrity culture .
Beijing is on a mission to curb what it calls “chaotic fan culture” and celebrity excess, after a string of scandals in recent months that toppled top Chinese artists, including singer Kris Wu, who was arrested on suspicion of rape earlier this month. .
Shanghai tax authorities on Friday fined Zheng 299 million yuan (S $ 62 million) for tax evasion and unreported income between 2019 and 2020 while filming a television series, according to an online statement.
Zheng, 30, became a household name in China after starring in the successful 2009 remake of the Taiwanese drama Meteor shower, and a series of hit series and films thereafter.
She was embroiled in a surrogacy scandal earlier this year after her ex-partner accused her of abandoning their two surrogate babies in the United States.
China’s state broadcasting regulator has also removed Zheng’s offending television drama and ordered producers not to hire him for future broadcasts.
The State Administration of Radio, Film and Television added that it had “zero tolerance” for tax evasion, “exorbitant salaries” and “yin-yang contracts”, referring to Shady contracts commonly used in Chinese showbiz to disguise the real pay of actors. .
State media have shifted into high gear to demand changes in China’s entertainment culture.
“For quite some time, moral failures and violations of artists’ law, the cultivation of younger idols and ‘chaotic’ fandoms have attracted the attention of society,” state broadcaster CCTV said Tuesday. .
âWe must restore to the public a clean and upright literary and artistic environment.
On Thursday evening, the search results of Zhao, an extremely popular actress also known as Zhao Wei in Chinese, were censored on major Chinese video streaming sites.
Her name was suddenly removed from the credits of major TV series, while a forum dedicated to the actress on the social media platform Weibo was also mysteriously closed, with the hashtag “Zhao Wei super-topic closed” winning. 960 million views.
No official reason was given.
But Zhao, 45, and her husband were banned from trading on the Shanghai Stock Exchange earlier this year, due to a failed takeover bid in 2016 which authorities said had “disrupted the exchange. ‘market order’.
Video streaming site iQiyi said it halted all idol talent shows on Thursday, while a Chinese boy group of elementary school children disbanded earlier this week after the age artists has sparked a public reaction.