Kris Wu, a former K-pop star of Canadian-Chinese descent, included in 88 celebrities blacklisted by the Chinese authorities this week
China released a list of 88 celebrities that it blacklisted for “illegal and unethical” behavior.
In a notice released on November 23, the China Association of Performing Arts announced it was banning 88 entertainers, claiming that they violated the country’s moral standards. This is the ninth such list issued by the association, which first started blacklisting celebrities for alleged bad behavior in 2018.
The blacklist specifically bans these 88 people from accessing or appearing on livestreaming platforms, a popular means for entertainers in China to access a wide audience.
The China Association of Performing Arts said in its notice that its purpose was to “strengthen the self-discipline” in the entertainment industry and to prevent “illegal and unethical artists from moving to other platforms to re-start their careers.”
“All online audio and video platforms and companies are not allowed to provide any form of online live-broadcasting services to these individuals,” read the association’s notice.
The list includes Kris Wu, a former K-pop star who was arrested this July in Beijing on rape charges. Wu, a former member of the South Korean boy band EXO, has not been heard from since.