The Shanghai government has proposed drafting a regulation that will impose a minimum three-year ban on any entertainer guilty of a drug-related offense
This would include any shows or movies that the celebrity has appeared in, which is some bad news for any director that has recently had the misfortune to cast Jaycee Chan, or for that matter, Jaycee’s planned album of duets with his anti-drug ambassador father. According to Shanghai Daily, companies that do hire such offenders would face a fine of up to 200,000 yuan, while the firms that broadcast the shows could get fined up to 1 million yuan.
Furthermore, congress deputy Shen Zhixian says that along with the ban, celebrities would have to “prove they have kicked their drug habit before being allowed to return to the screen or airwaves.” How they are supposed to do that, we aren’t sure. Probably, pee into a cup.
This is a bit of a late reaction to the rising number of drug cases involving celebrities in China, the most notable of which happened last January when Jaycee Chan was sentenced to six months in the pokey on drug charges. Since then, Jaycee has managed to completely clean up his image and was taken off the State Administration of Radio, Film, and Television (SARFT) blacklist in June.
Since last September, SARFT has banned TV and other media outlets from showing stars who have damaged reputations (i.e. drug use or have visited prostitutes). Films either cut out those celebrities or were completely reshot.
No word yet on whether this new regulation would apply to athletes as well.