Did 27-year-old actor Zhou Junwei’s (周峻緯) “A4 paper” Weibo post cause costume drama Story of Kunning Palace <寧安如夢> to be abruptly pulled from broadcast?
Scheduled to premiere on May 19 evening in an announcement by iQiyi on the morning itself, the drama was pulled two hours prior due to “technical issues.”
Zhou Junwei Banned on Weibo After Protest Post
Pairing Chinese actress Bai Lu (白鹿) with “Lord Changheng” of Love Between Fairy & Devil’s <蒼蘭訣> Zhang Linghe (張凌赫), who was nicknamed hottest supporting male lead for his role, the onscreen coupling was one that was highly anticipated by fans, given the rumored couple’s sizzling chemistry.
Catching many by surprise, speculation over the sudden broadcast withdrawal raised how Zhou Junwei, whose post of a white A4 paper on the popular Chinese social media platform in 2022, had invited trouble from the authorities. As a symbol of protest started by varsity students against the Chinese government’s strict Covid protocols, the actor’s personal Weibo profile was then banned on February 22 this year.
Although drama posters of Story of Kunming Palace released on May 19 had included the actor, netizens wondered if Zhou Junwei’s action had anything to do with the sudden change. Defending the actor, his fans rebutted the assertion, and pointed out that his variety show Detective Academy <名偵探學院> as well as web drama Since I Met U <遇見你之後> were still available to stream.
Alternative Trailer of “Story of Kunning Palace”: