Chinese girl group THE9. Beijing is leading a crackdown on obsessive celebrity fan culture in China. Photo: @officialthenine/ Instagram
Chinese girl group THE9. Beijing is leading a crackdown on obsessive celebrity fan culture in China. Photo: @officialthenine/ Instagram

Why is China cracking down on reality TV shows? K-pop inspired Youth With You, starring Blackpink’s Lisa, was abruptly pulled after regulators called out ‘absurd celebrity-chasing’ fans

  • Modelled on Korean shows, IQIYI’s viral hit Youth With You was suddenly pulled from the air after authorities blamed it for a ‘frenzied’ milk-buying craze
  • TV variety shows must ‘vigorously promote core socialist values and spread positive energy’, according to new Chinese broadcasting regulations

Chinese girl group THE9. Beijing is leading a crackdown on obsessive celebrity fan culture in China. Photo: @officialthenine/ Instagram
Chinese girl group THE9. Beijing is leading a crackdown on obsessive celebrity fan culture in China. Photo: @officialthenine/ Instagram
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