Photo by Zhao Wei: VCG
Chinese billionaire actress Zhao Wei’s name has been removed from many of the works she starred in on major Chinese video platforms, and many movies, talk shows and TV series she starred in have also been removed. platforms Thursday evening.
She is the latest celebrity whose works were removed after actor Zhang Zhehan, who came under fire for visiting Japan’s infamous Yasukuni Shrine.
Zhao, who became the spokesperson for Italian luxury fashion brand Fendi in China in 2020, is one of the best-known Chinese actresses, who has been embroiled in various scandals over the years.
Many netizens have written on social media since Thursday evening that the search for Zhao’s name on many major Chinese video platforms such as Tencent Video and iQiyi has yielded no results, and its work, including My beautiful princess, which has been dubbed one of the most popular Chinese TV series of all time, has been pulled from several platforms which have not given an explanation. On other platforms, Zhao’s name has simply been taken out of distribution.
According to Hubei-based news outlet Jimu News, several video platforms have confirmed the removal of Zhao’s works, claiming to have received the request on short notice and for no clear reason.
Topics like “What’s up with Zhao Wei” and “Zhao Wei has been removed from several of his works” topped the list of hot topics on Weibo on Friday, with many netizens discussing possible reasons for this. which his works have been suppressed.
As early as 2001, Zhao received a lot of criticism for publicly wearing a dress with a Japanese military flag.
Besides his celebrity identity, Zhao was also widely known as a billionaire investor surrounded by lawsuits. She bought Chateau Monlot in the Saint-Emilion region of southwestern France in 2011 and she and her husband Huang Youlong were on Hurun’s list of the world’s richest young billionaires in 2016, whose fortune was estimated at $ 1 billion, according to the list. . The couple’s investments include an initial stake in Alibaba Pictures Group.
His investments, however, also brought him lawsuits. Zhao has been the target of lawsuits from 67 investors demanding some 50 million yuan ($ 7.45 million) in compensation for a deceptive takeover in 2016, and she and her husband were banned from Chinese stock markets for five years for market violations in 2017.
According to statistics from qcc.com, a database of Chinese companies, Zhao had 14 companies; two had canceled registrations and four had been revoked of their licenses at the time of publication. It also showed that Zhao’s companies faced risks such as freezing their shares.
Zhao’s removal from video platforms comes two weeks after actor Zhang Zhehan, allegedly signed by Zhao Wei at his company last year, was banned from all his accounts and work on various social media platforms, including Weibo, after posing at the famous Japanese Yasukuni shrine, arousing great outrage.