If you believed China was done with its crackdown on celebrities and platforms (IQIYI, Tencent, Baidu…), think again. Each day brings news of more rules and regulations targeting everything that is considered to be “bad for society”.
SNH48 Group has so far managed to star relatively unfazed by all the rules but one of the most recent will hit potentially hard: the government is mandating that school-age children who have not yet completed their mandatory education (grades 1 to 9) are not allowed to appear on stage, TV, or Live broadcasts.
This has forced platforms and TV stations to scrub shows that included young idols or remove them altogether. I also forced several SNH48 Group members off the air!
Members forced to step back
STAR48 has for many years opened auditions (one is currently on the way) for girls between the ages of 13 to 22. Although a member joining at 13 has been very rare, it has happened a few times.
The new government rules will force STAR48 (and every other talent agency in China) to probably change their recruitment rules and only allow 15 or 16 year olds. It is true this will have a bigger impact on agencies that copy the Korean model (recruit very young and debut before 20) but, some SNH48 Group members are already facing an effective ban.
To the right are the members are believed to be at risk with these new rules with one (Qu ChenYu) already indicating she had been pulled from Team X stages and the “Pocket48” APP for up to a year which is the time she will need to finish her 9th year of mandatory education.
From top left to right: Lv ManFei (GNZ48 Team NIII), Qu ChenYu (SNH48 Team X), Huang YiCi and Huang XuanQi (BEJ48).
Stay tuned for updates!