Drug scandal-hit folk music artist complains cancellation of performance, draws ire for ‘justifications’ for behavior
Could celebrities involved in drugs scandals return to the stage? This question became a trend on Chinese social media platforms on Tuesday after a folk music artist complained against the cancellation of his performance in Chengdu, Southwest China’s Sichuan Province, calling it “injustice” after being banned from shows for three years and having reflected on his mistakes.
Coming at a time when China launched a crackdown on unhealthy behavior in the entertainment industry and tightened its regulations on scandal-hit celebrities, the letter pleading for a chance met with wide criticism and rejection. Netizens and some government agencies have called for zero tolerance toward drug use and urged respect and recognition of the fruits achieved with the blood and lives of anti-narcotics police.
Song Dongye, born in 1987, was once popular for some universally praised folk songs but fell from the top of his career in 2016 after being busted by Beijing police for smoking cannabis.