China drops the hammer and sickle on celebrity multi-millionaire

Fan Bingbing

“Three months ago, one of the country’s best known actors went missing. Now, seemingly chastened, she has reappeared with a bill for £112m in unpaid taxes and fines” (The Guardian)

I found this article in The Guardian to be quite interesting. It’s worth taking a look at, but if you have any degree of working class consciousness at all you might take a very different lesson from this incident than that which the bourgeois editors / propagandists at The Guardian would like!

Here is one interesting tidbit that describes China’s attitude toward its film industry and bourgeois / celebrity class that is tolerated there (apparently within certain limits):

“But this summer the authorities apparently decided to take action. Already the content of Chinese films is carefully vetted and must promote “core socialist values”. Then, in June, official agencies announced a joint clampdown on actors’ pay, citing not only tax evasion but “money worship”, “the youth blindly chasing celebrities” and “distorted social values”. In August, nine major production companies issued a joint pledge to cap actors’ salaries at 40% of total production costs, and lead actors’ salaries at 70% of the cast’s total pay. The same month, Huang was linked to a scandal involving share-price manipulation and questioned by the authorities. He denied any involvement, but still publicly apologised for his “indiscretion in wealth management”. Then, last month, a Beijing university published the Film and Television Star Social Responsibility Report, ranking the 100 top celebrities. Fan Bingbing came last. The authorities have warned that others will face penalties and “administrative punishment” like Fan if they do not “undergo self-examination and make remedial payments to taxation authorities” before the end of the year.”

And this:

“Applying such blunt force to the entertainment industry would be new, but not entirely out of character. “President Xi Jinping has made it very clear that he wants to do away with elites and the fetishism around money and certain forms of power,” says Caster. “If you have people looking to what celebrities do and say online versus what the party dictates, that may be very plausibly part of it. Anything that rises to a level of social, economic or political power is seen as a threat to the supremacy of the Communist party.” We are unlikely to ever know what exactly Fan Bingbing underwent, but the implication is clear: if the authorities can get to the biggest celebrity in the land, they can get to anyone.”

That last sentence is rich! I, for one, would interpret this event quite differently. It seems to me that, in China, rich people are NOT above the law. Personally, I’d like to see China crack down on the bourgeoisie there much more, to say the least, but this is good news that points to China being a socialist country. The ruling elite in China is not a bourgeois capitalist class, but the Communist Party. Good for China!

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