What was originally meant to be a time for celebration and rejoicing had evolved into criticism towards mainland Chinese actress Betty Sun (孙俪). On February 8, Betty Sun – best known for her period drama The Legend of Zhen Huan <后宫甄嬛传> – announced via her Weibo that she is pregnant with her second child. The 31-year-old actress married 35-year-old fellow actor Deng Chao (邓超) in 2010, and their first-born, a boy, was born in 2011. Knowingly violating China’s one-child policy, Betty’s second pregnancy drew backlash that the rich can buy their way to having more children.
Betty wrote, “[Today] is Mr. Deng’s 35th birthday. It is [my son’s] third birthday, and Director Deng’s first birthday! Today also marks the day I’ve become a superwoman for the fourth year! I am anticipating our brand new family model: 1+1=4.” Betty shared photos of the family spending time at a beach. In the photos, Betty is wearing a sundress and looks to be at least five months pregnant.
Though many netizens gave Betty and her family their heartfelt blessings and congratulatory messages on her pregnancy, others were left confused. Due to mainland China’s one-child policy to control the nation’s growing population, mainland Chinese citizens – with the exception of ethnic minorities – are only allowed to have one child. Families in which neither parent has siblings are allowed to have two. Those who violate the policy are required to pay a hefty fine, and Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou (张艺谋), who was discovered to have violated the policy by having three children, had to pay about 7.5 million RMB to the local family planning bureau.
Betty’s second pregnancy is a violation of the one-child policy and raised questions as to why celebrities can play by a different set of rules. A netizen commented on Betty’s pregnancy, “Your Highness, may I ask if you hold the permit to have a second child?” Another wrote, “I also really admire your television dramas, but shouldn’t the one-child policy be equal to everyone? So celebrities have the privilege to have more kids?”
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.