With fabric successfully digitally stitched on to conceal Fan Bingbing’s historical cleavage and not a single stripper pole to be found at this year’s Shanghai Auto Show, China’s censors are back to targeting a familiar threat to China’s morality—Japanese porn stars such as the multi-talented Sola Aoi.
Rocket News reports that in recent months Aoi has been forbidden from making live appearances at fan events in China by the State Administration of Press Publication, Radio, Film and Television (SAPPRFT). In the past, one of these events could reportedly earn Aoi one million yuan, and facing that kind of loss of income, many now suspect that Aoi will be taking her talents to Southeast Asia.
That news won’t go over well with her millions of diehard Chinese fans. In her late-twenties, as her fame waned in her home country, she became sorta a big thing here on the mainland, even as she made the transition toward more clothing-friendly lines of work like singing and acting with pants on.
In 2010, many Chinese netizens began to distribute software to scale the Great Firewall and solely in order to view Sola Aoi’s official twitter page on the other side. When she finally made her debut on Weibo in 2011, she gained nearly a million followers in no time, including the Dalian police bureau. She now has more than 15 million followers.
You also might remember a little incident in 2012 when Aoi tried to act as a peaceful mediator in the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands dispute. Chinese football fans responded with a banner proclaiming: “The Senkaku Islands belong to us! Sola Aoi belongs to the world!”
Though she may be beloved by the common man in China, she’s less adored by the government, who see an actress with film credits like Sexy Butt, Sora Will Relieve You Greatly, Certain Kill! Cum Face Shot! and Wouldn’t You Like to Be Shown Sora’s Sex Thoroughly? as not exactly fitting into the healthy and harmonious online environment that they are trying to create.
The Toyko Reporter sees Aoi’s troubles as part of a trend of tightening restrictions aimed at Japanese AV actresses, who have begun to generate a fair bit of controversy by attending mainland events like the annual China International Adult and Reproduction Exhibition. The backlash against these appearances reached its peak at an adult products event in Dalian last year, where protestors hurled eggs and plastic bottles onto the stage at two Japanese starlets while yelling at them to “get out of China.” A host was injured by the barrage and government officials have reportedly been using the incident to block other Japanese porn stars from appearing at events.
It seems like the only way that you’ll get to see a Japanese porn star up-close nowadays in China is if you do really well at work this year.
by Alex Linder
[Images via Weibo]