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China: Reactions to TV Ban on Japanese Porn Star, Sola Aoi

China’s State Administration of Radio Film and Television (SARFT) has recently set restrictions [zh] on entertainers with a “bad image” from appearing on stage, resulting in the withdrawal of Japanese porn star Sola Aoi from being featured on television shows in China.

Sola Aoi is the most popular porn star in China. During the Shanghai Expo 2010, she served as a spokesperson for a portal website in some of the major Expo activities. Her Sina Weibo account [zh] has more than 11 million fans.

Despite the fact that Sola is adjusting her image in China by shooting artistic online micro-movies, she cannot escape from the ban. Her fans of course are very frustrated. To express their support to Sola, a number of them decided to display a slogan in a football match in Guangzhou on April 17, 2012. It said: “Diaoyu Islands [refers to a territorial dispute of islands by both China and Japan] belongs to us, Sola Aoi belongs to the World”:

'Sola Aoi belongs to the world' banner. Photo by Weibo User Chen Zhaohua

'Sola Aoi belongs to the world' banner. Photo by Weibo User Chen Zhaohua

The slogan, which captures both nationalistic sentiment in term of the territorial claim of the Diaoyu Islands and the international solidarity of porn fans, quickly attracted a lot of attention and spread through the Internet.

Weibo user Song Zude's comment [zh] has best represented the frustration of Sola's Chinese fans:

宋祖德:封杀苍井空,非常愚蠢!苍作为一个艺人,并没有危害社会,相反在我国做了不少慈善事业,她比我国很多艺人更坦诚更勤奋,苍的粉丝素质不比其他大腕的差,祖德以为,广电总局应该干点自己该干的事,乱作为有时比不作为更有害!

@宋祖德 : It is very stupid to ban Sola Aoi. As an artist, she does no harm to society. On the contrary she has engaged in many charitable works. She is more true and hard working than many of the artists in China. Her fans’ quality is not worser than other popular stars. I think the SARFT should focus on its own business rather than adding chaos to the scene.

There are more than 1,866 comments follows Song's micro-blog, with a majority echoing his opinion:

@绿茶喝我:那些所谓的文人专家卫道士,天天窝家里快着进看片,有精彩的还回放。关了快播就骂这个 卷内个,说别人破坏河蟹 危害下一代,你才是虚伪无耻,道德沦丧!

@绿茶喝我:Those so-called experts and judgmental moralists would use the fast forward mode to watch porn and rewind the tape when they spot the spectacular scenes. After they are done, they would curse the tapes, saying that they will destroy social harmony and harm the young generation. How shameless and immoral these people are.

@单骑千里:现在这个操蛋的社会,就指望苍老师带来一点快感,广电总局都不放过,封杀了苍老师,那些宅男们、那些新生代农民工们,业余生活都干嘛呢?干嘛呢

@单骑千里:In a frustrating society like ours, teacher Sola Aoi is our source of pleasure. SARFT is so eager to destroy such pleasure by banning Sola. Without Sola, where can otaku [geeks] and rural migrant workers seek entertainment?

朴永春:广电总局的爷们,本来就很无聊!又让我们的生活少了一份颜色,多了一层灰色!

朴永春:The Uncles in SARFT are good for nothing. Now the color grey has replaced another color in our lives.

Cesc黄泳斌:广电局你凭什么人家,至少也给一个合理理由,我看来真正应该被封杀的还是你们这班搬弄是非,吃饱饭没事干的人

Cesc黄泳斌:What is the reason for the ban? We should ban those who keep reporting on other wrongs.

Yang Guoying explains [zh] why Sola Aoi is so popular in China:

@杨国英V:【苍井空被封杀】:低俗的事,少数人可以做,多数人却不可以看,即使从良也不可以看!苍井空在中国为什么红?源自民众对伪道德的反叛!

@杨国英V: [Ban on Sola Aoi]: [In China] only a minority of people can commit vulgar behavior while the majority cannot even watch it. Even if porn stars have stopped shooting adult movies. Why is Sola Aoi is so popular in China? Because people want to rebel against fake morality.

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