The Chinese Communist Party has always maintained strong control over the cinema, and radio and television. Through its propaganda team it has influenced Chinese society.
This past year, it began an intense campaign of Chinese nationalism, rejecting everything coming from the West.
Apparently, the tense relations with the United States, the allegations of human rights violations against the Uighur community in Xinjiang, and the strong support for Taiwan have generated a defensive stance CCP.
For this reason, the Chinese Communist Party’s National Radio and Television Administration (NRTA) under the direction of the CCP’s Central Propaganda Department issued a new order prohibiting artists from using foreign or similar names.
The information became known after a post by Wang Hailin, a famous Chinese screenwriter, went viral on Weibo on September 1.
“Yang Ying can no longer sign as Angelababy, and Yoko Ramu must also have a Chinese name,” Wang wrote on Weibo.
Netizens were baffled by the ban, which forces the two Chinese celebrities to give up the names they are known by, achieved success, and acquired many fans.
Wang’s post was filled with comments, which Chinese netizens dared to express, even at the risk of having their comments censored and their Weibo accounts suspended by the CCP.
One Weibo user said, “Too much control.”
Another said, “Personal freedom has completely disappeared.”
A third opined, “Just cancel English classes, you can’t listen to English songs, you can’t watch foreign movies or TV series.”
Some netizens wondered ironically if the CCP would also change the name of the CCTV news agency to a Chinese name.
Wang explained that this is not a new rule and that for the past 20 years, the NRTA has required that actors in dramas not have English names. For example, “Cindy” must be changed to the Chinese equivalent “Xin Di.”
Yoko Ramu, the 27-year-old famous influencer with Japanese name, recently, announced on her Weibo account that her real name was Li Jiaqi and she would be using that name from now on.
Ramu told netizens that if they think her name is hard to remember, you can also call her by her nickname “Little Spicy.”
“Life is ups and downs, everyone is the protagonist in their own life, I am just an occasional seasoning on your table. Set a new goal and be a good seasoning,” Ramu told her fans.
On the other hand, other internet celebrities like Huang Minghao had to leave behind his Western name Justin, and another artist named Ren Jialun will revert to his real name Ren Guochao.
Apparently, the ban on the use of English or foreign names is not only limited to the media industry.
In 2021, some netizens pointed out that a new subway line changed the name of a station in Beijing. Instead of “XX Station,” it is now “XX Zhang,” which means station in Chinese.
They also changed some place names, in accordance with the requirements of the Geographical Names Regulations.
Chinese nationalism or Chinese regime worship?
Throughout this year, the CCP has imposed new rules and bans on the entertainment industry aimed at regulating the salaries, behavior, and patriotism of Chinese celebrities.
The NRTA, in order to eradicate foreign actors from Chinese screens, forced TV drama producers to disclose the nationalities of the actors.
In addition, the CCP prohibits dual citizenship, which generated controversy because many famous artists have foreign citizenship. Some examples Beijing-born kung-fu star Jet Li, who is a citizen of Singapore; Crystal Liu Yifei, is a U.S. citizen although she was born and raised in Wuhan; and Siqin Gaowa, an established actress in Inner Mongolia, also has Swiss nationality.
On the other hand, singer Nicholas Tse decided to renounce his Canadian citizenship due to pressures from the CCP.
But this is not the only order implemented by the NRTA that has affected the entertainment industry; it has also censored “sensitive topics” in film and television dramas.
they said that “love dramas, can’t be too sweet.” They also banned alleged “bad actors” and producers are prohibited from using Hong Kong and Taiwanese artists who have not made a political statement of loyalty to the CCP.
Influencers also under CCP scrutiny
The Chinese regime’s NRT also issued regulations on June 24, which prohibit 31 different types of behavior by internet presenters.
Influencer content is supposedly aimed at increasing socialist values and protecting the country from subversion.
Among some of the controversial behavioral restrictions are: prohibition of religious membership, mocking, slander, insult, vulgarity, denial of CCP heroes, gluttony and money worship.
There are also rules about image, clothing, makeup, language, body movements and on-screen display, in order to be able to practice as an influencer.
Since then, drama actors and actresses have undergone unhealthy plastic surgery, they are also seen wearing juvenile clothes and excessive make-up and according to reports all these extreme changes have to do with the new orders issued by the NRTA.
The controversial and authoritarian measures, on entertainment celebrities, show the extent to which the CCP can put pressure on people, regardless of their popularity, social class or status. Everyone must obey the rules or else they can be fired, fined, and in the worst cases detained with severe sentences.