Jin Xing (金星), one of the foremost figures in Chinese contemporary dance and a judge on the reality television singing competition Fei Tong Fan Xiang 《非同凡响》says she has been kicked off the show by order of the Zhejiang Province Radio, Film and Television Bureau because of her transsexual identity.
In a post on her Sina Weibo profile which has been retweeted a whopping 30,000 times, Jin Xing announced, “It’s a great pity! I will not be able to appear on the show finals this weekend because the production team has received an order from Zhejiang Province Radio, Film and Television Bureau that I was to be banned from the panel because I’m transgender! I am infuriated! It doesn’t matter to me whether I get to be a judge or not, but as a citizen, I won’t accept being discriminated against because of my gender identity!”
“I have asked the show director Cao Qitai (a famous Taiwanese presenter who himself has been moved backstage because of a similar ban) multiple times if he saw a copy of the order himself. He said he saw the reason behind the ban stated clearly on the order with his own eyes,” added Jin Xing in a laterpost. “Apparently, the bureau called up the show’s production team to express their outrage after my earlier microblog post, saying they shouldn’t have leaked out the document. What a joke! If you dare to do something, at least have the courage to admit it!”
Born as a male to ethnic Korean parents, Jin Xing became one of the first people in China to undergo sex reassignment surgery in 1996. Prior to that, she had been working with the People’s Liberation Army dance troupe, working all the way up to become a colonel.
The decision by the Zhejiang authorities has been widely criticised. Actress Song Dandan, who has recently become a darling among China’s LGBT community for speaking up against the homophobic views of actress Lu Liping, told Jin Xing, “We’re standing together with you.” Media critic Tan Fei slammed the decision as “insane” and award-winning director Jia Zhangke is said to have called Jin Xing to offer his support.
Shanghai Daily says it was unable to get a response from the Zhejiang bureau while Sina reports that the person on the other line hung up abruptly after saying “no comment”.
An indignant Jin Xing says that life will go on for her regardless as she does not depend on TV for a living and is first and foremost a dancer.
Jin is the founder of the Shanghai Dance Festival and is based in Shanghai with her German husband and three adopted children.
Read more about her here.