China has now banned the hip hop features and artists with tattoos from appearing on television in the country for its contents are countering to the communist party values according to the recent reports. The crack down comes after China banned popular international artists like Selena Gomez, Lady Gaga and Maroon 5 for ties with the Dalai Lama and Justin Bieber for bad behaviour.
Chinese government censors are cracking down on television programs that feature “tattoo artists, hip-hop culture, subculture (non-mainstream culture) and funeral culture (decadent culture),” according to a local news portal of China on Monday.
According to the report in the Daily News, China’s top media regulator, the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio Film and Television of the People’s Republic of China (SAPPRFT), outlined rules for television stations Friday that include not using actors “whose heart and morality are not aligned with the party and whose morality is not noble.”
Popular Chinese rap artist PG One was recently forced to make a public apology for alleged indecent lyrics in his song “Christmas Eve,” while another popular artist GAI was dropped from a television program called, The Singer, with no clear reason given to him, according to other reports.
The hip hop culture is a relatively new trend in the Chinese community but it has gained huge appreciation and acceptance from younger generation population in particular. For example, ‘Rap of China”, a reality show in China that streamed online was viewed more than 2.5 billion times in the previous year alone!
“China also recently banned a number of popular Western artists from performing in the country, including Lady Gaga, Selena Gomez and Maroon 5 for their ties to the Dalai Lama, and Justin Bieber for “bad behavior.” added the report.