ecently, Chinese netizens watching shows on the popular online video platform iQiyi have noticed some odd blurring around the ears of male celebrities, signaling what could be Chinese censors’ next crackdown.
Screencaps posted onto Weibo show how a number of male stars have had their earrings digitally expunged from the broadcasts of Chinese soap operas and variety shows on iQiyi, leaving net users wondering if male ear-piercings really have been officially banned by China’s media regulator.
While a wide variety of content is banned from being shown on online videos in China, at the moment, there is no prohibition against male earrings. The National Radio and Television Administration has yet to respond to reporters’ questions about the blurring.
However, a worker at a satellite TV network did tell a ChinaNews reporter that the network had received a notice about actors’ dyed hair which also mentioned avoiding large earrings during close-ups, but failed to provide any detailed explanation.
Chinese stars are already reportedly banned from having tattoos. Last year, members of China’s national football team were forced to wear bandages over their arms and legs to conceal their tats while a performance by an Albanian singer with tattoos on his arms was cut from a Chinese broadcast of the Eurovision song contest.