China’s Latest Cancellation Catapults TikToker to Fame

In another government clampdown, controversial Douyin influencer Guo Laoshi, also known as “Teacher Guo,” has been removed from Chinese social media.

What Happened: China’s unconventional TikTok or Douyin star Guo Laoshi — also known as “Teacher Guo” — has been removed from Chinese social media. The government’s entertainment crackdown is showing no sign of slowing and Guo is the latest figure to have her accounts suspended. Whereas the outspoken figure has seven million fans, the hashtag #allofGuoLaoshisaccountshavebeenbanned or #郭老师账号全平台封禁# has over 800 million views. Born in Hubei province in central China, Guo gained a following for her rejection of the so-called trappings of femininity, such as makeup. Her video content ranged from the sublime (lip-synching to pop songs) to the ridiculous (smelling her feet).

The Jing Take: On the face of it, Guo’s status as an “anti-celebrity” and her relative lack of fame mean her cancellation was unexpected. A Weibo poll on the news showed supportive comments; of the thousands of responses one said: “I don’t think it’s right. Can’t people entertain themselves?” 

Still, given her rejection of standard beauty norms, this move is not that surprising. Yesterday, a TV ban of “sissy men and other abnormal esthetics” was announced, as broadcasters were encouraged to “promote excellent Chinese traditional culture” instead. Netizens have called out Guo’s often vulgar content, which can be seen as a move away from the cultivation of a strong, moral character. In response to the same poll, her detractors said: “She’s always insulting others; serves her right,” and even more scathingly, “Why do we even call her a teacher?” Continue to read the full article here