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China orders showbiz to ban unpatriotic and unethical stars

'Effeminate' male portrayals also fall victim to widening crackdown

Contestants in iQiyi’s suspended idol talent show “Youth With You.” Regulators are insisting that shows promote "mainstream themes" and "positive energy."

China's broadcasting regulator on Thursday banned stars with "incorrect political positions," unethical behavior and "effeminate" male styles from television shows and movies, widening a crackdown on the booming entertainment industry.

The National Radio and Television Administration (NRTA) issued a notice on strengthening the management of cultural and entertainment programs and personnel, giving specific guidance on what the entertainment industry can no longer do.

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