“Damn kids these days, with their rap music and their spray paint!” No, that’s not an out of touch old man – it’s the Chinese government.
As part of a crackdown on ‘low taste content’, the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television of the People’s Republic of China (SAPPRFT) has banned actors with tattoos and all references to hip-hop culture from the media.
There are four golden rules according to politician Gao Changli:
“Absolutely do not use actors whose heart and morality are not aligned with the party and whose morality is not noble. Absolutely do not use actors who are tasteless, vulgar and obscene. Absolutely do not use actors whose ideological level is low and have no class. Absolutely do not use actors with stains, scandals and problematic moral integrity.”
This isn’t the first time that the Chinese government has had a problem with hip-hop culture either. Popular Chinese artists PG One and Gai were been recently sanctioned for distributing content misaligned with the government’s values.
China’s music industry has spoken out against the ban, with the director of Chinese streaming service DianYinTai, Stephen Dowler telling Billboard:
“Hip-hop has more die hard fans than ever before – influential tastemakers as well – and is going to continue to grow in China. This is a temporary setback but by no means will hip-hop be eradicated from China. It’s still stronger than ever and the community will adapt how it needs to in China to press forward.”
Looks like we’re not going to be seeing another season of The Rap of China anytime soon!