social media – Bizchina Update http://bizchina-update.com/ Sun, 27 Mar 2022 00:43:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://bizchina-update.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-120x120.jpg social media – Bizchina Update http://bizchina-update.com/ 32 32 From Wang Leehom to Kris Wu: the fall of Chinese celebrities in 2021 https://bizchina-update.com/from-wang-leehom-to-kris-wu-the-fall-of-chinese-celebrities-in-2021/ Wed, 19 Jan 2022 04:00:00 +0000 https://bizchina-update.com/from-wang-leehom-to-kris-wu-the-fall-of-chinese-celebrities-in-2021/ Chinese artists will point to 2021 as the year the industry went through a seismic transformation. A number of serious accusations against some of the region’s most famous people have coincided with a Chinese government crackdown on the showbiz industry, which it says is “cheating” the younger generation. While it’s common for pop stars to […]]]>

Chinese artists will point to 2021 as the year the industry went through a seismic transformation.

A number of serious accusations against some of the region’s most famous people have coincided with a Chinese government crackdown on the showbiz industry, which it says is “cheating” the younger generation.

While it’s common for pop stars to be punished for drug use or tax evasion, the crackdown on artists this year has been deep and the net wide, including a push to ban ‘effeminate men’ from becoming famous.

Celebrities have been detained, arrested or blacklisted for incidents ranging from serious crimes to violations of cultural sensitivities.

It’s the most high-profile celebrity scandals that have sparked public backlash and, in some cases, punishment by authorities.

Wang Leehom

The divorce saga of Wang Leehom and his wife Lee Jinglei rocked the Asian internet just as 2021 drew to a close. As the divorce became more controversial, the accusations became public.

Lee publicly accused Wang of emotional abuse, infidelity, soliciting sex workers, and transferring ownership of their joint property to himself and his family after marriage.

Her social media posts have sparked a wider conversation about the sacrifices women make when they “become housewives.”

Wang then agreed to transfer a NT$480 million (RM72 million) condominium to Lee and announced that he would “temporarily stop working”.

The Mainland Communist Party also appeared to comment on the scandal when its internal watchdog published an article about bad celebrity ethics that did not directly name Wang, but appeared to wink at his behavior by referring to ” the recent case of a celebrity meltdown. picture”.

Kris Wu

The widespread crackdown on celebrities coincided with the case of Kris Wu, who was one of China’s most famous men when he was accused of rape by multiple women.

Du Meizhu, 19, accused Wu of raping her, inspiring other women, some of whom were underage, to tell similar stories. He was accused of having used his power to “recruit actresses” before getting women drunk and taking advantage of them.

In August, Wu was formally charged with rape and remains in custody. He faces 10 years in prison if convicted.

Zheng Shuang

2021 has been a year to forget for Zheng Shuang, who has been embroiled in scandals since January when her ex-boyfriend accused her of abandoning their two surrogate children in the United States after they broke up.

In August, she was fined 299 million yuan (RM205 million) for tax evasion because she signed a contract to be handed over to the tax authorities and another contract containing her real salary, a scheme called ” yin and yang contract”.

She was a notable example of the near-complete Internet blacklist that often accompanied scandals this year. Her Weibo account was permanently closed and she was removed from the credits of her previous work. Various brands, including Prada, have also deserted it.

Zhang Zhehan

Chinese actor Zhang Zhehan is notable on this list as he was blacklisted for violating political sensitivities when a number of photos emerged of him posing outside Tokyo’s Yasukuni Shrine in 2018.

The Yasukuni Shrine is a highly controversial monument that contains the memorials of convicted war criminals and is seen in China as a reminder of Japan’s brutal wartime past.

While Zhang denied entering the shrine, the photos sparked public outrage and more than 20 brands reportedly dropped him as a representative after the scandal. Once one of China’s brightest young stars, his career seems to be hanging by a thread.

Alan Tam

In an online post in November, an anonymous man alleged that his 23-year-old girlfriend from the mainland was having an affair with canto-pop icon Alan Tam, 71. The charge included photos showing a man resembling Tam putting on his pants in a room.

The post quickly went viral but was deleted a few days later. Tam and her agency immediately refuted the allegations in a statement.

Earlier this week he told Hong Kong media that the man in the photos was not him. His work did not appear to be affected, but he met with heavy criticism from audiences as a result.

Li Yundi

Chinese ‘piano prince’ Li Yundi was briefly detained by police in October for hiring a sex worker in Beijing, which is illegal in the country.

The first winner of the prestigious International Chopin Piano Competition in 2000, Li was quickly condemned by the official media, abandoned by his business partners and boycotted by the country’s musicians as well as performing arts associations.

It’s unclear how long he was detained, but under Chinese law people can be detained for up to 15 days and fined 5,000 yuan (RM3,300) for soliciting female laborers. sex.

However, some people came to the defense of Li, a talented and beloved musician, after the incident, saying the punishment didn’t fit the crime.

Henry Huo

The 30-year-old star of call me by fire announced his retirement from showbiz after his ex-girlfriend, a dancer named Chen Lu, claimed that Huo was a serial cheater throughout their nine-year relationship.

The accusations struck a chord because Chen said she quit her job to marry Huo and start a family with him.

She wrote online, “He said he thought he could find a better girl and was doing me a favor by being with me because of his status.”

Huo issued a public apology amid public backlash.

Lucas Wang

Also known as Wong Yuk Hei, the Hong Kong K-pop star has been accused by several women of taking advantage of his fame to sleep.

He apologized for his behavior on Instagram and said he would be taking a break from his career, which includes joining several groups including WayV, SuperM and NCT. He also asked for a chance to apologize in person to the people he had hurt. – South China Morning Post

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China’s economy is slowing, a worrying sign for the world https://bizchina-update.com/chinas-economy-is-slowing-a-worrying-sign-for-the-world/ Mon, 17 Jan 2022 19:52:30 +0000 https://bizchina-update.com/chinas-economy-is-slowing-a-worrying-sign-for-the-world/ BEIJING – Construction and real estate sales have fallen. Small businesses have closed due to rising costs and weak sales. Local authorities in debt reduce the salaries of civil servants. China’s economy slowed markedly in the final months of last year as government measures to curb property speculation also hurt other sectors. Lockdowns and travel […]]]>

BEIJING – Construction and real estate sales have fallen. Small businesses have closed due to rising costs and weak sales. Local authorities in debt reduce the salaries of civil servants.

China’s economy slowed markedly in the final months of last year as government measures to curb property speculation also hurt other sectors. Lockdowns and travel restrictions to contain the coronavirus have also weighed on consumer spending. Strict regulations on everything from internet businesses to after-school tutoring businesses have sparked a wave of layoffs.

China’s National Bureau of Statistics said Monday that economic output from October to December was only 4% higher than the same period a year earlier. This is a deceleration from the 4.9% growth in the third quarter, from July to September.

Global demand for consumer electronics, furniture and other home comforts during the pandemic has produced record exports for China, preventing its growth from stalling. For the whole of last year, China’s economic output was 8.1 percent higher than in 2020, the government said. But much of the growth took place in the first half of last year.

The snapshot of the Chinese economy, the main engine of global growth in recent years, reinforces expectations that the global economic outlook is beginning to darken. Worse still, the Omicron variant of the coronavirus is now beginning to spread in China, leading to more restrictions across the country and raising fears of further disruption to supply chains.

The slowing economy poses a dilemma for Chinese leaders. The measures they have imposed to tackle income inequality and curb businesses are part of a long-term plan to protect the economy and national security. But officials fear they could cause near-term economic instability, especially in a year of unusual political importance.

Next month, Beijing will host the Winter Olympics, which will shine the international spotlight on the country’s performance. In the fall, Xi Jinping, the Chinese leader, is expected to seek a third five-year term at a Communist Party congress.

Mr. Xi sought to strike an optimistic note. “We have every confidence in the future of China’s economy,” he said in a speech to a virtual session of the World Economic Forum on Monday.

But with slowing growth in his country, slowing demand and debt still at near-record levels, Mr. Xi could face some of the biggest economic challenges since Deng Xiaoping began to pull the country out of debt. its Maoist yoke four decades ago.

“I fear that the operation and development of China’s economy in the coming years will be relatively difficult,” Li Daokui, a prominent economist and adviser to the Chinese government, said in a speech late last month. “Looking at the five years as a whole, this is perhaps the most difficult period since our reform and opening up 40 years ago.”

China also faces the problem of a rapidly aging population, which could create an even greater burden on the Chinese economy and its workforce. The National Bureau of Statistics said on Monday that China’s birth rate had fallen sharply last year and was now barely higher than the death rate.

As the costs of many raw materials have risen and the pandemic has prompted some consumers to stay home, millions of private businesses have collapsed, most of them small and family-owned.

This is a big concern because private companies are the backbone of China’s economy, accounting for three-fifths of output and four-fifths of urban employment.

Kang Shiqing invested much of her savings nearly three years ago to open a women’s clothing store in Nanping, a river town in southeastern Fujian province. But when the pandemic hit a year later, customer numbers dropped drastically and never recovered.

As in many countries, there has been a broad shift in China towards online shopping, which can undermine stores by using less labor and operating from cheap warehouses. Mr. Kang was forced to pay high rent for his store despite the pandemic. He finally closed it in June.

“We can barely survive,” he said.

Another lingering difficulty for small businesses in China is the high cost of borrowing money, often at double-digit interest rates from private lenders.

Chinese leaders are aware of the challenges faced by private companies. Premier Li Keqiang has promised further tax and fee cuts to help the country’s many struggling small businesses.

On Monday, China’s central bank made a small move to cut interest rates, which could help slightly reduce interest charges for the country’s heavily indebted property developers. The central bank cut its benchmark interest rates for one-week and one-year loans by about a tenth of a percentage point.

The construction and equipping of new housing represents a quarter of the Chinese economy. Large loans and widespread speculation have helped the country erect the equivalent of 140 square feet of new housing for every urban resident over the past two decades.

This fall, the sector faltered. The government wants to limit speculation and deflate a bubble that had made new housing unaffordable for young families.

China Evergrande Group is just the largest and most visible of a long list of real estate developers in China that have faced serious financial difficulties in recent times. Kaisa Group, China Aoyuan Property Group and Fantasia are among other developers who have struggled to make payments as bond investors grow wary of lending money to China’s property sector.

As real estate companies try to conserve cash, they are launching fewer construction projects. And that has been a big problem for the economy. The price of steel rebar for concrete in apartment towers, for example, fell by a quarter in October and November before stabilizing at a much lower level in December.

Falling house prices in small towns have hurt the value of people’s assets, making them less willing to spend. Even in Shanghai and Beijing, apartment prices are no longer rising.

There have been faint signs of renewed government support for the property sector in recent weeks, but no sign of a return to lavish lending by state-controlled banks.

Evergrande’s financial distress “is a signal that money will be pushed from real estate to the stock market,” said Hu Jinghui, an economist who is a former chairman of the China Alliance of Real Estate Agencies, a trade group. national. “Policies can be relaxed, but there can be no turning back.”

The slowdown in the housing market has also hurt local governments, which rely on land sales as their main source of revenue.

The International Monetary Fund estimates that government land sales each year have raised funds equivalent to 7% of the country’s annual economic output. But in recent months, developers have scaled back land purchases.

Starved of revenue, some local governments have halted hiring and cut bonuses and benefits for civil servants, prompting widespread complaints on social media.

In Hangzhou, the capital of Zhejiang province, a civil servant’s complaint about a 25% cut in her salary quickly spread on the internet. The city government did not respond to a fax requesting comment. In the northern province of Heilongjiang, the city of Hegang announced that it would no longer hire “junior” workers. City officials removed the ad from the government website after it came to public attention.

Some governments have also increased fees charged to businesses in an attempt to make up the shortfall.

Bazhou, a city in Hebei province, levied 11 times more fines for small businesses from October to December than in the first nine months of last year. Beijing has criticized the city for undermining a national effort to reduce the cost of doing business.

Strong foreign demand for Chinese exports, especially consumer goods, has spurred a domestic wave of investment in new factories, up 13.5 percent last year from 2020.

Some areas of consumer spending have been quite robust, notably the luxury sector, where sports cars and jewelry are selling well. Retail sales rebounded 12.5% ​​last year from pandemic-depressed levels in 2020. But retail sales fell in December from November as coronavirus restrictions kept some shoppers at home.

Few expect the government to allow a severe economic downturn this year ahead of the Communist Party Congress. Economists expect the government to ease restrictions on lending and increase public spending.

“The first half of the year will be tough,” said Zhu Ning, vice dean of the Shanghai Advanced Institute of Finance. “But then the second half will see a rebound.”

Li you contributed to the research.

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Jacqui Lambie makes a very honest confession about her love life https://bizchina-update.com/jacqui-lambie-makes-a-very-honest-confession-about-her-love-life/ Thu, 13 Jan 2022 20:48:04 +0000 https://bizchina-update.com/jacqui-lambie-makes-a-very-honest-confession-about-her-love-life/ Tasmanian Senator Jacqui Lambie has revealed her love life is in dire straits. The outspoken politician, 50, admitted she had been ‘single for so long’ on the Today show on Friday while discussing a viral report about a Chinese woman who got stuck at her blind date for a week during an instant lockout. The […]]]>

Tasmanian Senator Jacqui Lambie has revealed her love life is in dire straits.

The outspoken politician, 50, admitted she had been ‘single for so long’ on the Today show on Friday while discussing a viral report about a Chinese woman who got stuck at her blind date for a week during an instant lockout.

The woman at the center of the story reportedly said her date was ‘as dumb as a model’ but acknowledged he cooked for her and did household chores – prompting Ms Lambie to describe him like the perfect man.

The mother-of-two, who has been single for 18 years, made the admission during a current affairs segment with reporter Van Badham and newsreader Alex Cullen.

Tasmania Senator Jacqui Lambie has revealed her love life is in dire straits

“He cooks and cleans for her. [The woman’s verdict] it’s a bit hard, isn’t it? Cullen asked.

‘Oh my God. He cooks and cleans, he barely talks – kick him! Hit it on me! Lambie said.

Cullen then asked Lambie what his “perfect blind date” would be.

She replied: ‘Well, I can’t have a normal date, so maybe I need a blind date. That’s what I need. They always scare me, man.

“That’s why I’ve been single for so long.”

The outspoken politician, 50, admitted she had been 'single for so long' on the Today show on Friday while discussing a viral report about a Chinese woman who got stuck at her blind date for a week during an instant lockout.  Pictured with Today host Alex Cullen (centre) and reporter Van Badham (right)

The outspoken politician, 50, admitted she had been ‘single for so long’ on the Today show on Friday while discussing a viral report about a Chinese woman who got stuck at her blind date for a week during an instant lockout. Pictured with Today host Alex Cullen (centre) and reporter Van Badham (right)

Lambie has often spoken about her single status and once told Sunday Night that she had “turned off” the romantic side of her life after being single for so long.

She described her ideal man as “a good Australian guy who can handle himself” and indicated that she would be willing to date a “tradie with calluses on his hands”.

When Australian politics was rocked by sex scandals in 2018, the former soldier joked on KIIS FM that she was probably the only politician not to be sexually active.

The woman at the center of the story reportedly said her date was

The woman at the center of the story reportedly said her date was ‘as dumb as a model’ but admitted he cooked for her and did household chores, prompting Ms Lambie to describe him as the perfect man.

“I’m so annoyed I must be the only one who can’t mess things up, go ahead,” she said.

In 2014, she memorably said that her “perfect man” didn’t even “need to talk”, but “must have a lot of money and they must have a bundle between their legs”.

She later apologized for the comments.

It comes after a Chinese woman revealed she was stuck in her blind date’s house for a week after the city was plunged into a Covid-19 lockdown.

Requirements: In 2014, Lambie memorably stated that his

Requirements: In 2014, Lambie memorably said that her “perfect man” doesn’t even “need to talk”, but “must have a lot of money and they have to have a bundle between their legs”.

The woman, identified by her surname Wang, was dining at her blind date’s house when parts of China’s central city of Zhengzhou were abruptly placed on lockdown last Wednesday.

Posting a video on Chinese social media platform WeChat last week, it seemed love hadn’t blossomed between the two, as Wang described him as “dumb as a wooden dummy.” according to local media.

Wang told Shanghai-based newspaper The Paper that she traveled to Zhengzhou for a week-long trip to meet potential suitors when the city was thrown into a Covid-19 lockdown.

She said, “Right after I arrived in Zhengzhou, there was an epidemic and its community was quarantined and I couldn’t leave.”

A woman (pictured), identified by surname Wang, said she had been stuck with a blind date for a week after parts of the Chinese city of Zhengzhou were placed under lockdown the week last

A woman (pictured), identified by surname Wang, said she had been stuck with a blind date for a week after parts of the Chinese city of Zhengzhou were placed under lockdown the week last

Wang said her family introduced her to “ten games” and the fifth blind date wanted to “show off her cooking skills,” so invited her to his home for dinner, where they were immersed in unexpectedly in isolation.

Since then, Wang has shared videos documenting her daily life locked down with her date, who cooked her meals, which she called “mediocre”.

According to clips released by local media, his blind date, whose identity is not known, also did chores and worked on her laptop as she sleeps during lockdown.

It appears romance is not on the table for the couple, as Wang said she was looking for a more talkative partner, describing him as “dumb as a wooden dummy.”

“Besides him being as mute as a wooden dummy, everything else (about him) is pretty good,” she told The Paper.

“Although his food is mediocre, he is always ready to cook, which I think is great.”

Posting a video on Chinese social media platform WeChat last week, it looked like the love hadn't blossomed, as Wang described his date as

Posting a video on Chinese social media platform WeChat last week, it looked like the love hadn’t blossomed, as Wang described his date as “dumb as a wooden dummy.”

Her short videos quickly went viral on Chinese social media sites, but Wang said their growing popularity prompted her to delete the videos “for now”.

“Friends called him and I think it definitely affected his life, so I took them down for now,” she said in a video posted on Tuesday and widely reposted to local Chinese media.

“Thank you all for your attention… I hope the epidemic will end soon and my single sisters will also find a relationship soon.”

It’s still unclear if she’s still stuck in her date’s house.

Over 100 Covids cases have been reported in Zhengzhou since last week, as China battles to contain several local outbreaks of the Delta and Omicron variants.

Several cities in the central province of Henan, located near Xi’an, have tightened virus checks in response to hundreds of new infections since late December.

The provincial capital Zhengzhou imposed a partial lockdown, which saw schools closed and non-essential businesses closed.

Large-scale testing campaigns have also been rolled out to test the city’s nearly 13 million residents for any “silent” Covid-19 carriers.

Henan reported 87 new local cases on Wednesday, and it’s unclear how many of them are Omicron cases.

Chinese authorities are on high alert for Covid outbreaks in major cities, as the Beijing Winter Olympics are just weeks away.

There are now a total of 20 million people confined to their homes in China after the cities of Anyang and Yuzhou joined Xi’an’s 13 million under quarantine and banned from leaving their homes even to buy food.

Zhengzhou imposed a partial lockdown, which saw schools closed and large-scale testing campaigns rolled out to test nearly 13 million residents for any carriers of Covid-19

Zhengzhou imposed a partial lockdown, which saw schools closed and large-scale testing campaigns rolled out to test nearly 13 million residents for any ‘silent’ Covid-19 carriers

Authorities are wary of major Covid outbreaks ahead of the Winter Olympics, which Beijing will host in February.  Pictured: Volunteers spray disinfectant in Zhengzhou on January 11

Authorities are wary of major Covid outbreaks ahead of the Winter Olympics, which Beijing will host in February. Pictured: Volunteers spray disinfectant in Zhengzhou on January 11

The emergence of the fast-spreading Omicron variant is another test of China’s zero Covid strategy, with authorities already battling multiple outbreaks.

The lockdowns are the most extensive since the shutdown of Wuhan and most of the rest of Hubei province in early 2020 at the start of the pandemic.

While the total number of reported cases in China is far lower than other virus hotspots such as the United States and Europe, the impact of Omicron is causing widespread concern.

Prior to the last cluster, China had reported only a handful of Omicron cases, all linked to imported infections.

Authorities are particularly wary of major outbreaks ahead of the Winter Olympics, which Beijing will host from Feb. 4-20.

A Beijing Olympics official responsible for disease control, Huang Chun, said organizers were counting on the cooperation of athletes and officials to prevent an outbreak that could affect participation.

“If mass cluster transmission occurs, it will definitely impact the Games and the schedule,” Huang said.

“The worst-case scenario, if it occurs, is beyond human control, so we leave our options open.”

The global event will coincide with the busy Lunar New Year holiday, during which millions of people travel across the country.

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Thousands forced into quarantine camps as China imposes city-wide closures https://bizchina-update.com/thousands-forced-into-quarantine-camps-as-china-imposes-city-wide-closures/ Wed, 12 Jan 2022 15:45:21 +0000 https://bizchina-update.com/thousands-forced-into-quarantine-camps-as-china-imposes-city-wide-closures/ Pregnant women, children and the elderly are believed to be among those sent to some of the huge quarantine camps that have sprung up across China to house victims of Covid-19. ideas have surfaced on social media, appearing to show rows and rows of cramped metal boxes people are forced to stay in for up […]]]>

Pregnant women, children and the elderly are believed to be among those sent to some of the huge quarantine camps that have sprung up across China to house victims of Covid-19.

ideas have surfaced on social media, appearing to show rows and rows of cramped metal boxes people are forced to stay in for up to two weeks.

Those who have experienced the facilities say they ended up with little food in the metal freezer boxes that feature little more than a wooden bed and a toilet.

Beijing has introduced draconian measures throughout the communist country in an attempt to eradicate the virus that has left more than 20 million people confined to their homes in quarantine.

Forbidden to leave their homes even to buy food, a town, Anyang, which is home to 5.5 million people, was closed Monday evening after two cases of the omicron variant were reported.

Anyang’s lockdown, which was announced after only two cases of the omicron variant were reported, meant residents were not allowed out until stores were closed, except for those selling basic necessities.

It was not known how long the Anyang lockdown would last, as it was heralded as a measure to facilitate mass testing of residents.

This is a standard procedure in China’s strategy to identify and isolate infected people as quickly as possible.

The lockdowns are the widest since the closure of Wuhan and most of the rest of Hubei province in early 2020 at the start of the pandemic.

China’s approach has evolved to target smaller areas affected by epidemics for closures.

The approach of the Winter Olympics, which open Feb.4 in Beijing, and the emergence of the omicron have brought back city-wide lockdowns in a bid to prevent them from spreading to d ‘other parts of China.

Some residents of closed towns told the BBC they were part of a “big transfer” of thousands of people to the camps.

Residents of Mingde 8 Yingli Housing Complex revealed how they were told just after midnight on January 1 that they had to leave their homes and enter the quarantine center.

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Those who have experienced the facilities say they ended up with little food in the metal freezer boxes that feature little more than a wooden bed and a toilet.

One witness claimed that 30 buses had arrived at the compound, while another said that 1,000 people had been transferred.

Local reports said residents mixed when queuing for their Covid tests.

Another city, Tianjin, a large port located less than an hour from Beijing by high-speed train, has only locked down affected areas as it conducts mass testing.

As of noon last Tuesday, 97 people had tested positive in the city of 14 million inhabitants, including 49 showing symptoms, 15 without symptoms and 33 awaiting further verification.

More than 2,000 people have been infected in Xi’an during China’s largest outbreak since the first in Wuhan.

The old capital is a popular tourist stopover home to the Terracotta Warrior Ruins as well as a Samsung computer chip factory.

Authorities credited the lockdown with reducing the spread, although it has disrupted lives and emergency medical treatment for some.

The city has reported 13 new cases in the past 24 hours, up from more than 100 a day at the height of the outbreak.

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Jeremy Clarkson’s Life-Threatening Grand Tour Fear: “Four People Died Near Us” | Television and radio | Show biz & TV https://bizchina-update.com/jeremy-clarksons-life-threatening-grand-tour-fear-four-people-died-near-us-television-and-radio-show-biz-tv/ Sun, 09 Jan 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://bizchina-update.com/jeremy-clarksons-life-threatening-grand-tour-fear-four-people-died-near-us-television-and-radio-show-biz-tv/ [ad_1] Jeremy Clarkson has hinted that The Grand Tour may undergo a format change. Ahead of the release of their latest Carnage A Three special, Mr. Clarkson spoke about what fans can expect and if that could lead to longer term changes in the series. He said: “We’ll see how this one [series] is received, […]]]>


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Jeremy Clarkson has hinted that The Grand Tour may undergo a format change. Ahead of the release of their latest Carnage A Three special, Mr. Clarkson spoke about what fans can expect and if that could lead to longer term changes in the series. He said: “We’ll see how this one [series] is received, but there are plans to do something similar again. “But for now, we can’t wait to start doing more big overseas trips again.

“So, it’s tricky because everything is so fluid right now.

“It takes six months to plan an overseas trip for us, and who can know what’s going to happen in six months?

The Grand Tour has won over millions of fans thanks to the trio’s ambitious trips and stunts.

But it almost ended badly during their 2019 special filmed in Vietnam.

Mr Clarkson and his colleagues Richard Hammond and James May were hit by a monsoon in Vietnam as they rowed one of the world’s most dangerous seas – where four people had just died.

Mr. May had to be rescued when his boat was flooded by crashing waves, so the producers pulled them out of the waterfall.

They were then crossing the dangerous South China Sea.

Speaking of fear, Mr Clarkson said in 2019: ‘It turned out that four people were killed just inches away from us. This is about the only time health and safety has made the right decision.

“Of course I was fine, but May had to abandon the ship because the crew’s boats filled with water.”

Speaking on his Drivetribe channel, the former Top Gear host added, “It was an incredibly dramatic ending, which was entirely accidental.

“The end we had planned, for which we had spent hundreds of thousands of pounds, which we had been chasing for months, did not happen.

“Due to the conditions, we just couldn’t finish [the shoot] but because of the conditions, we had one hell of an end – an amazing end. “

Mr. Hammond is no stranger to life-threatening accidents.

READ MORE: Richard Hammond’s health issue: ‘It’s not going to get better’

“They stuck me to a backboard. As the helicopter started up, I said, ‘I need a phone to call my wife.’

“So they bought me one. ‘Mindy, you’re gonna see this on social media pretty soon. I just need you to know here that I checked my own head. I can remember. the date and so on. So, okay. There’s nothing that won’t get better.

“But I don’t want to start over. There would be a loss of sense of humor. It would be disrespectful.”

Mr Hammond was asked if he had ever thought about stopping his driving stunts after the big accident of 2006.

He replied, “I didn’t consider quitting. No. I have worked in broadcasting for 33 years and have been incredibly lucky. My work has given me everything. So I wouldn’t stray from that.

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Chinese Social Media Users Call for Boycott of TVB for Awarding Hong Kong Actress Accused of Supporting Secessionists | Show biz https://bizchina-update.com/chinese-social-media-users-call-for-boycott-of-tvb-for-awarding-hong-kong-actress-accused-of-supporting-secessionists-show-biz/ Wed, 05 Jan 2022 03:25:34 +0000 https://bizchina-update.com/chinese-social-media-users-call-for-boycott-of-tvb-for-awarding-hong-kong-actress-accused-of-supporting-secessionists-show-biz/ [ad_1] Mainland Chinese social media users called for a boycott of TVB after actress Ali Lee Kai-sum (pictured) received the TVB Anniversary Award for Best Actress. Photo via Instagram / aliaime KUALA LUMPUR, January 5 – Mainland Chinese social media users launched an online campaign to boycott Hong Kong television station TVB after the channel […]]]>


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Mainland Chinese social media users called for a boycott of TVB after actress Ali Lee Kai-sum (pictured) received the TVB Anniversary Award for Best Actress. Photo via Instagram / aliaime

KUALA LUMPUR, January 5 – Mainland Chinese social media users launched an online campaign to boycott Hong Kong television station TVB after the channel awarded an actress accused of supporting secessionists during the Hong Kong riots in 2019.

Ali Lee Kai-sum, a 40-year-old Hong Kong actress and television presenter with TVB, won the TVB Anniversary Award for Best Actress of 2021 on Sunday for her drama AI Romantic.

A related hashtag started popping up on Sina Weibo in China, similar to Twitter, on Monday morning, Global Time reported.

Internet users condemned the actress for posting controversial comments during the riots in Hong Kong in 2019.

According to a screenshot that went viral, she likened a photo on Instagram showing the Chinese national flag hanging upside down, adding the comment “beautiful flag.”

“Boycott the TVB! TVB did not block the secessionist, but gave her many opportunities as an actress and even a prize! It crossed our red line, ”commented one user on Sina Weibo.

Manh also posted screenshots showing they were blocked by TVB after leaving messages such as “secessionist Lee Kai-sum” on the official Sina Weibo station post.

“Lee has two faces: She posted patriotic content on her Sina Weibo account while expressing support for the Hong Kong riots on Instagram,” one comment read.

“There must be more secessionists at TVB supporting Lee, but there is no way for her to develop her career on the mainland. Boycott Lee, boycott TVB, ”commented another user.

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Taiwanese Mandopop Star Wang Leehom’s Wax Figure Removed from Madame Tussauds in Beijing Due to Marriage Issues Show biz https://bizchina-update.com/taiwanese-mandopop-star-wang-leehoms-wax-figure-removed-from-madame-tussauds-in-beijing-due-to-marriage-issues-show-biz/ Thu, 23 Dec 2021 08:08:20 +0000 https://bizchina-update.com/taiwanese-mandopop-star-wang-leehoms-wax-figure-removed-from-madame-tussauds-in-beijing-due-to-marriage-issues-show-biz/ [ad_1] The statue of Taiwanese-American singer Wang Leehom has been removed from the Madame Tussauds wax museum in Beijing, China, following his marriage woes. – Photo by Facebook / OurHomeUK Leehom Wang KUALA LUMPUR, December 23 – A statue of Taiwanese-American singer Wang Leehom has been removed from Madame Tussauds wax museum in Beijing, China, […]]]>


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KUALA LUMPUR, December 23 – A statue of Taiwanese-American singer Wang Leehom has been removed from Madame Tussauds wax museum in Beijing, China, four years after it was installed, supposedly due to his marriage issues.

Visitors to the museum recently spotted the disappearance, Sina.com reported.

The museum had originally wanted to exhibit Wang’s statue in 2005, but was rejected by Wang’s mother citing her young age at the time.

“Wang Leehom is only 29 years old. He still has a long way to go, ”she reportedly said.

The statue was finally unveiled in 2017 with Wang present at the ceremony.

Wang had announced on December 15 via social networks that he had officially separated from his ex-wife Lee Jinglei after eight years of marriage.

Two days later, Lee took to his social media and accused Wang of infidelity and hiring prostitutes.

Wang had since announced that he would take a break from showbiz to spend time with his parents and three children and to repair the damage caused by the controversy.

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Disneyland faces backlash in China after beloved fox was ‘rude’ to fans https://bizchina-update.com/disneyland-faces-backlash-in-china-after-beloved-fox-was-rude-to-fans/ Tue, 07 Dec 2021 08:26:00 +0000 https://bizchina-update.com/disneyland-faces-backlash-in-china-after-beloved-fox-was-rude-to-fans/ [ad_1] A Disney fox called LinaBell has gained worship in China. Photo: Xinhua via Getty Images Despite her recent emergence, Disney’s pink fox character LinaBell has already developed a cult following in China and is emerging as one of the country’s hottest celebrities. But her rising star lost some sparkle over the weekend after she […]]]>


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A Disney fox called LinaBell has gained worship in China. Photo: Xinhua via Getty Images

Despite her recent emergence, Disney’s pink fox character LinaBell has already developed a cult following in China and is emerging as one of the country’s hottest celebrities. But her rising star lost some sparkle over the weekend after she was filmed behaving rudely towards fans.

LinaBell wowed young Chinese fans with her hairy cock and gentle demeanor when she made her Shanghai Disney Resort debut in September as a member of the Duffy and his friends line of plush toys.

Fans call the fox their collective daughter, turn her photos into cute messaging stickers, line up for hours to greet her at Disney park, and pay inflated prices to get plush toys from specialist purchasing agents. of LinaBell merchandise for those who can’t. visit Shanghai, the only place where the items are sold.

But the fox star is now facing the biggest controversy of his short career in Chinese showbiz.

Over the weekend, a video of LinaBell’s seemingly rude behavior while dating at Disneyland went viral on Chinese social media. In the clip, the character was seen responding to fans’ request to shake his tail by showing the exit.

After hearing a fan ask him to “give me a kiss,” LinaBell blew a kiss but then gestured to throw it on the ground and stomp on it.

The clip sparked outrage from some fans, who accused Disney of letting an ill-trained artist ruin the warm personality of their favorite fox.

“She’s supposed to be a brave and adventurous little vixen, but some performers make her so rude,” said a commentator on the Weibo microblogging site.

“Can’t you even give a kiss?” Said one of the top comments from the same site. “So why spend the money to visit Disney?” To take offense?

“Artists work hard no matter what,” another top-rated commentary said. “But please cherish the sincerity of visitors who come from afar and queue for hours, just to exchange a few words with her.”

The Shanghai Disney Resort did not immediately respond to Vice World News’ request for comment.

Although not featured in a Disney animation, the Duffy and his friends line, first introduced at Tokyo Disney Resort in 2010, has been a huge marketing success for the company. Other members of the line include Duffy the Disney Bear, ShellieMay female teddy bear, and a lavender bunny called StellaLou.

LinaBell has also generated huge revenue and internet traffic for the Shanghai Theme Park since its debut in September. Topics about her feature regularly on trending lists on social media, while clips of her waving hands and dancing have millions of views on TikTok in China. Toys sell out often, prompting local merchants to offer copy items.

Some fans have become so invested that they give nicknames to individual performers inside the costume and have favorites. Fans believe at least three people played the role of LinaBell, as the costume seems to fit each performer slightly differently. When a LinaBell video is posted, people try to guess who is inside by closely studying the measurement of the fluffy pants with the artist’s legs.

Some believe the rude LinaBell was played by a new staff member, and are asking Disney to give the cast members stricter training. Other netizens pleaded for more empathy for the performer, who had likely worked long hours in a heavy suit.

“No perfect human exists in this world,” wrote one Weibo user. “You don’t want to admit that LinaBell is human, but she is indeed played by humans.”

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Fans accuse Ella of ‘fetishizing Asian culture’ https://bizchina-update.com/fans-accuse-ella-of-fetishizing-asian-culture/ Mon, 06 Dec 2021 00:38:23 +0000 https://bizchina-update.com/fans-accuse-ella-of-fetishizing-asian-culture/ [ad_1] The 90 day fiancé the franchise continues to grow, as does the number of fans. With several spinoffs like Single life currently airing, audiences who appreciate 90 days the universe never runs out of new content. 90 day fiancé: before 90 days star Ella already has fans talking, and they’ve already spotted an issue […]]]>


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What do we know about 90 Day Fiancé: before Season 5 of 90 Days stars Ella and Johnny?

Twenty-nine years old Before the 90 days Season 5 cast member Ella is originally from Idaho and considers herself a country girl. She met Johnny, 34, on a dating site exclusively for white women and Asian men. Ella even says in the trailer for Before the 90 days Season 5, “I’m great in all Asian culture, so when I saw Johnny I was like “oh my god”.

After the two started chatting on social media, they felt a spark and tried to meet in person, but to no avail. The coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) has separated the couple with the closure of Chinese borders, but now it appears Johnny is heading to Ella’s home state. Ella worries that Johnny will see her in person due to past relationships that haven’t worked out because of her weight. She confesses that she is afraid that Johnny will not find her attractive once he sees her.

There are also cultural differences which turn out to be a problem between them. With some resistance from family members, the two seem to be having a pretty dramatic season.

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Fans think Ella “fetishes Asian culture”

Viewers have previously expressed contempt for Before the 90 days The star of season 5 Ella and her statements in the teaser. One Redditor wrote: “Two thoughts: ‘I love Asian culture’ as if Asian culture is a monolith. Also, I hate it all. But also I love it. What kind of a monster am I.

Another user echoed a similar sentiment: “I’m great at Asian culture, oh yeah, Asia, the place with one culture and exactly one type of people, Asia. “

However, Ella isn’t the only actor accused of fetishizing another race or culture. Fans have already spoken and feel TLC may perpetuate the issue.

In another thread, a Redditor commented, “I think the fetishism / infatuation is especially evident with Nicole and Azan and Danielle and Mohamed. To a lesser extent maybe Melanie and Devar. But part of me is asks if they play it for the show at the behest of the producers. It seems like it’s kind of a ‘trendy’ thing to hang out with other races as well, not that I think there is anything wrong with race relations, just sometimes I feel like some people date other races to make themselves look better.

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Fans still seem excited about ’90 Day Fiancé: Before the 90 Days’

Whether or not fans disagree with Ella’s reasoning for dating Johnny, it looks like a lot of people are planning to watch the next season of Before the 90 days. The new season introduces seven new couples as they embark on their soul mate’s wedding.

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China will allow the showing of South Korean films, starting with “Oh! My grandmother, after six years of ban | Show biz https://bizchina-update.com/china-will-allow-the-showing-of-south-korean-films-starting-with-oh-my-grandmother-after-six-years-of-ban-show-biz/ Thu, 02 Dec 2021 08:00:00 +0000 https://bizchina-update.com/china-will-allow-the-showing-of-south-korean-films-starting-with-oh-my-grandmother-after-six-years-of-ban-show-biz/ [ad_1] After a six-year hiatus, China has re-authorized the showing of South Korean films. – Reuters photo KUALA LUMPUR, December 2 – News of China’s reopening of its film market to South Korean productions after a six-year hiatus has gone viral on social media. Oh! my bign, a comedy starring veteran South Korean actress Na […]]]>


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After a six-year hiatus, China has re-authorized the showing of South Korean films. – Reuters photo

KUALA LUMPUR, December 2 – News of China’s reopening of its film market to South Korean productions after a six-year hiatus has gone viral on social media.

Oh! my bign, a comedy starring veteran South Korean actress Na Moon-hee, has been chosen to be the first film to hit theaters starting Friday, World time reported.

Beijing in 2016 banned Korean films and cultural imports after Seoul deployed the US THAAD missile defense system.

The last South Korean film to screen in China was the 2015 film Assassination with Jun Ji-hyun and Lee Jung-jae.

Critics have reportedly called the move an icebreaker for cultural exchanges between the two countries.

Beijing-based film critic Luo Luo said the move could be China’s attempt to break the ice with South Korea.

She would have said she had chosen Oh! My grandmother to renew the cultural ties of the two countries, it is perhaps because the theme of the film was about family ties.

“The affection portrayed in the film touches the hearts of audiences and makes them reflect on their own family feelings and relationships.”

Before the announcement that China would allow the showing of South Korean films, South Korean artists recently visited China for events.

This includes actor Lee Dong-wook, who made his China debut in the December issue of GQ China magazine.

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