The latest rumor coming from China is an alleged new ban on “Flowery Pretty Boys” or “Gay/Effeminate Artists” (娘炮藝人 )* from appearing on screen.
A netizen has reported CCTV will not be inviting any “flamboyant or effeminate” male artists from today onwards. This has stirred up a lot of discussions among the public as to what constitutes as “flamboyant or effeminate.” Even popular idol group, Nine Percent, is impacted by the new regulation as they were set to appear on CCTV’s Mid-Autumn Festival gala. They are no longer on the performer’s list for the show.
A popular Chinese gossiper “娛樂大咖阿湯哥” reports CCTV produced an educational show inviting young male entertainers to boost the show. A lot of comments are regarding how pretty the male guests are with one particular comment saying, “I thought they were young females. They’re actually young males. Are you teaching us how to be “flamboyant/effeminate?”
Regarding the “Flamboyant/Effeminate Ban”, many netizens reactions range from “What the hell is this?” to “This news is coming down fast” to “I am feeling conflicted.”
*”娘炮” is an offensive slang term to describe effeminate or flamboyant men.