We all know China’s censors have made accessing the internet hell for most of us foreigners. Heard of SAPPRFT? Well, if you haven’t, you’ll certainly know of their influence as they’re the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television of China. In other words, they’re the ones who call the shots in terms of who can stay and who can go in Chinese cyberspace.
So what of Papi Jiang (papi酱)? In case you haven’t heard of her, she’s possibly the most famous Chinese webstar. A 29-year-old woman from Shanghai and graduate student at the Central Academy of Drama in Beijing, who rose to crazy levels of fame for uploading comedic videos mocking everyday situations. Her Weibo has more than 11 million followers and her videos have been viewed over 50 million times on Youku (she’s on YouTube too).
So what’s the big deal? Well apparently she’s been swearing too much so she’s been told to remove her videos…and only reupload them once the foul language is removed, People’s Daily reports. Presumably, she will also have to wash her mouth out with soap.
Since Monday night, Papi’s videos are no long available on her Youku channel or her Wechat account, but are still viewable on Weibo (and YouTube, of course).
This whole fiasco might seem totally outrageous, but relatively minor at first, until you also find out Papi has received investment totaling 12 million yuan ($1.85 million USD) from venture capitalists, Sixth Tone reports. Heck, Papi even has a business partner called Yang Ming, who commented that the webstar will continue to make videos in accordance with “socialist core values,” whatever that means exactly.
And it seems Papi has recovered quickly from the hit, as on Monday she made a video ridiculing weight loss and ended the video with a note to say she accepts the criticism and will improve upon her mistakes.
Sigh, it seems our favorite state censor is continuing to crack down on anything fun on the Chinese web, you can’t even go there to watch raunchy shows about time travel and bisexuality or your guilty pleasure gay romcoms anymore.
Papi is just the latest victim of SAPPRFT’s wrath, which claimed the lives of massively popular television shows featuring the children of celebrities earlier this week. Which came after last month’s directive banning television shows from depicting “vulgar, immoral and unhealthy content,” including smoking, drinking, adultery, sexual freedom, homosexuality, perversion and reincarnation. Past victims also include one-night stands, Pleasant Goat’s orgy of violence and Fan Bingbing’s boobs.
Watch Papi’s newest video below:
By Kitty Lai
[Images of CCTV]