In the latest move by China aimed at preventing the manufacture of child stars, the country is banning the children of well-known entertainers from appearing on popular reality shows, the AP reports.
“Reality shows featuring attractive stars and their well-dressed, fashionably coifed and often somewhat precocious children traveling or performing tasks together have grown extremely popular with Chinese viewers in recent years,” the story reports, noting that the ban was imposed by the government’s media regulator and also covers appearances on chat shows and reports about stars’ children on entertainment programs. The country’s official Xinhua News Agency reported the ban today.
The AP reports that Xinhua “said reality show producers have been ordered to drop the ‘mistaken notion’ that they should use well known entertainers to attract viewers. ‘Do not permit shows to become venues for displaying fame and wealth,’ Xinhua cited the order as saying.”