Kris Wu’s (吴亦凡) confusing rankings on the US Billboard has sparked debate and discussion on the fan-driven culture of the Chinese entertainment industry.
In a bold and incredibly candid essay that has been trending on social media, a writer criticized the state of China’s current entertainment culture, and how many popular idols are relying on their fans to reblog and like their content numerous times to inflate sharing numbers. The writer specifically mentioned rookie singer and Nine Percent member Cai Xukun (蔡徐坤), actress and producer Yang Mi (杨幂), as well as actress Dilireba (迪丽热巴), who recently won the Golden Eagle Award for Best Actress.
In an example, the essay writer talked about the inflated amount of likes in a Cai Xukun Weibo post, which was reblogged over 103 million times. As there are only about 400 million Weibo users, the writer pointed out that it is impossible for a rookie singer like Cai Xukun, who did not rise in popularity until his appearance in Idol Producer <偶像练习生> this year, would have accumulated that many reblogs.
Dilireba, who won Best Actress at the Golden Eagle Awards for her performance in Pretty Li Huizhen (漂亮的李慧珍), won not only Best Actress, but was also chosen as the Golden Eagle Goddess, one of the highest honors for Chinese TV. At 26 years old, Dilireba is also the youngest actress to win Best Actress.
This essay was forwarded by Chinese screenwriter Wang Hailin (汪海林), who has written dramas such as Let’s Watch the Meteor Shower <一起来看流星雨> and Bubu Jinghun <步步惊魂>. Wang wrote, “I will never work with actors like Cai Xukun and Dilireba in my life. It’s not because I’m trying to be awesome, but because they don’t need a script. Maybe they only need a fake script, a fake following, and a fake performance award, with fake screenwriters, fake directors, and fake producers. We will never meet in this industry.”
Wang Hailin’s bold claims and thoughts got many fans upset, and understandably so—however, many netizens still stood by his side, expressing their support. Many netizens also agreed to disagree, saying that while it’s true that many of these idols have supportive fans that help them exaggerate numbers, their popularity did not come out of nowhere.
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.