Zhang Yimou dropped off the face of the earth a few weeks ago after it was revealed that he had seven children which, reports claim, is significantly higher—some say as high as 700%—than the one-child-policy allows him to do. Now, to quell your worries, Xinhua has announced a public apology from Zhang entitled “China Exclusive: Prolific father Zhang Yimou apologizes.”
Somewhere deep in the annals of Xinhua’s headquarters (presumably housed in a phallic edifice of some kind) a team of
propagandists reporters decided that “prolific father” was the best term for Zhang’s rampant babymaking, and we thank them for it. The actual Xinhua article is predictably dull, but has a few good tidbits:
People in China who have more children than the family planning policy stipulates are usually fined. The amount of the fine is generally decided by local authorities. Jiangsu, the province in question, fines couples who have two ‘extra’ children five to eight times the yearly annual income of both spouses combined. Some media calculations put the sum at as much as 160 million yuan (over 26 million U.S. dollars). […]
Zhang’s story has ignited a firestorm of online public ire for celebrities who have more children than the policy allows.
“Siqingyundong” said at weibo.com that “common people are forced to have abortions, while celebrities are treated differently before the law.”
Yuan Yiwen, a legal professional, wrote in Monday’s Beijing News that “every citizen is equal before the law and should not be treated differently because of their social status or wealth.”
So… is the logic here that celebrities should have forced abortions? How dare a wealthy director have children whose education and upbringing he can easily afford!