K-pop BI Star Banned From Chinese Social Media Over Previous Drug Scandal | Show biz
KUALA LUMPUR, January 10 – K-pop star Kim Han-bin is the latest celebrity to face the wrath of ruthless social media users in China.
Kim, former member and frontman of K-pop boy group iKON, announced on New Years Day on his Sina Weibo account that he would use Douyin and Xiaohongshu, World time reported.
“Let’s contact each other more in the New Year,” the artist reportedly wrote.
The post pissed off Chinese social media users and those who knew about his drug addiction scandal in South Korea questioned whether he should be allowed to be active on Chinese social media platforms given his past action. .
Following backlash, Kim’s Sina Weibo and Douyin were banned while his content on Xiaohongshu disappeared.
Kim, better known as BI, was sentenced in September last year to three years in prison and four years probation for drug use.
A former fan of the group, who left the fan club after reading about BI’s past behavior, said that no matter where performers come from, they must obey the law and social regulations.
“For those who have broken the law and been trapped in scandals, the platforms should not let them speak in front of the public without any sanction,” the fan, identified as Feng, reportedly said.
We know that celebrities involved in drugs are boycotted in China.
Chinese singer Li Daimo’s performance in eastern China’s Anhui Province was canceled in October 2021 for his role in a drug scandal in 2014.
Authorities in Bengbu, Anhui Province, were told that Li, who was involved in drug trafficking, was going to perform at a local bar.
Investigators rushed to the scene and ordered the bar to stop the performance.
The return of Taiwanese-born actor Kai Ko was also boycotted by Chinese social media users after his arrest in Beijing in 2014 for drug use.
“Celebrities who have used drugs should be permanently banned from public view,” said an unidentified social media user, noting that anti-drug officials risk their lives to protect people from drugs. .