Kris Wu’s (吳亦凡) entertainment career may be over since his arrest on rape charges, but a group of frenzied fans are still eager to “save” their idol and even hatched “prison break” plans. With Kris’ case still under investigation, it is inevitable that authorities will continue to crack down on the rabid fan culture that has developed over the last decade in China.
The 30-year-old Canadian Chinese singer was detained by police in Beijing July 31, and formally arrested on August 16. Attempting to “erase” his influence on the masses, authorities have shut down Kris’ social media accounts and removed all his music, films, and television works from Chinese platforms.
CCTV recently exposed Kris’s crazy fans in hopes of stopping their inappropriate behaviors. In 2019, there were over 30 cases of defamation toward other artistes and public figures. From the people who were caught, 70 percent of them were under the ages of 30 years old. The defamation cases involved insults and use of foul languages, as well as fabricating information and spreading rumors.
In some fan circles, certain management companies take pride in pitting fans of different artistes against each other and encouraging them to raise funds together to buy products and support the idols. Many management companies use this as a method to increase public exposure for the celebrities as well.
Some nicknamed as “leaders” in fan groups received access to private and personal information such as the idol’s ID card number. In chatrooms, these “leaders” are seen selling the information for small amounts of money between 5 to 10 Chinese yuan.
When celebrating their idols’ birthdays, fans also pool together money to buy lavish and expensive gifts such as designer handbags, clothes, and jewelry. Aside from gifts, whenever the idol is involved in sponsoring a product or appears on the cover of a magazine, the “leaders” collect funds to purchase massive amounts of the products for support.
Some fans are called “professional fans” whose sole purpose is to raise funds for the idol, and continuously influence other fans to spend money.
CCTV revealed that a whopping total of CNY 150 million was spent by fans to support their idols for a particular talent competition show this past March.
This article is written by Su for JayneStars.com.