Ever since the scandal of Vicki Zhao Wei (趙薇) posing in a dress printed with an old Japanese naval flag was regurgitated, the actress had her name deleted from films and dramas, with Weibo-related threads removed overnight. Recently, fans discovered that actress Ruby Lin’s (林心如) work studio had also been deregistered. The sudden news quickly topped Weibo searches and ignited fans’ fervent discussions.
Artistes Being Purged from Chinese Entertainment
Given the artistes affected so far, it seems that a full-blown movement targeting artistes’ controversial actions has surreptitiously begun in Chinese entertainment, with authorities clamping down hard by wiping out their presence. Recently, Ruby’s Dongyang Hengdian Film and Television Culture Studio had its status altered to “deregistered.” Set up in July 2013, the official reason listed for deregistration was “resolution to dissolve.”
The sudden news raised many eyebrows and evoked speculation if the 45-year-old actress will be the next My Fair Princess <還珠格格> star after Fan Bingbing (范冰冰) and Zhao Wei to face the music of their actions, though how Ruby ruffled authorities’ feathers remains unclear. Some are wondering if the matter is tied to Zhao Wei, though this remains guesswork.
Wallace Huo’s Studio Also Shuttered A Year Back
Responding to media queries, Ruby Lin’s manager said the artiste’s work studio has indeed been cancelled, but explained that the cancellation application had been made some time ago due to the “merging of resources,” and was only approved recently. She added that Ruby still has “many filming jobs [in China] scheduled for the following month.”
According to a Weibo celebrity gossip account, a partner of Ruby’s studio Liu Caihong (劉彩紅) was embroiled in a legal tussle in May this year and slapped with 36 million Chinese yuan in civil damages. Thus, the change in the studio’s status was likely to avoid cash flow issues resulting from mandatory court orders. Ruby’s husband Wallace Huo (霍建華), who was once named China’s most influential artist of the year by China Newsweek, had his studio shuttered earlier in the year 2020. Given the speed and thoroughness of the crackdown, most are curious about the celebrity couple’s future development in the Chinese entertainment industry.
This article is written by JoyceK for JayneStars.com.