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China is purging celebrities and tech billionaires. But the problem is bigger than 'sissy men'

Celebrity names are vanishing from the credits of TV shows. Effeminate male idols — "sissy boys" — have been vilified. Tech moguls have been urged to donate billions of dollars to philanthropy. And kids went back to school last week with new rules banning foreign textbooks and requiring more classes on the of leaderof leader Xi Jinping. Xi Jinping.

The changes are part of Xi's new "common prosperity" campaign to narrow the gap between rich and poor and create "material and spiritual wealth."

It's a noble-sounding slogan. But it looks more like a top-down purification than a strategy for economic reform. Xi is fixed on purging society of greed, corruption and moral failings he views as threats to socialism. Freewheeling capitalists and Western influences have become targets, while structural issues like bloated state-owned companies and a weak social safety net are left unaddressed.

That has raised questions about whether "common prosperity" is less a design to reduce inequality than to concentrate political power and ideological control while blaming the rich and famous for the nation's ills. Over the last month, Xi has cracked down on tech, education and entertainment. He has called for corporations and wealthy individuals to "give back more to society" at a time when the Communist Party is under pressure as the economy cools.

Tech titans have scrambled to respond. Tencent and Alibaba have each pledged more than $15.5 billion to “common prosperity” initiatives. The founders of ByteDance, Pinduoduo and Xiaomi have also donated millions to charity.

Entertainers and entrepreneurs have attracted cult followings in China over the last few decades as their wealth burgeoned along with the country's rapid growth. Bookstores sold stacks of memoirs by tech billionaires who preached a gospel of self-made success. Alibaba co-founder Jack Ma opened an elite academy to cultivate entrepreneurs.

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Re: Celebrities and Tech Billionaires are getting purged in Zhōng Guó??
« Reply #1 on: September 15, 2021, 03:32:19 AM »
Jackie is one of the CCP after his marriage and family corrupted.

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