The dust-up over celebrities belies the high stakes following South Korea’s announcement last month that it would deploy the advanced U.S. missile-defense system, known as Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense.
According to people familiar with the matter, China’s media regulator is targeting Korean stars and content in retaliation for the deployment. So far, the order has circulated only among government bodies and branches, these people said.
So it’s essentially a temporary blacklisting, even if nobody with any official capacity is willing to comment.
China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and its top media regulator, the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television, didn’t respond to requests for comment.
Representatives for CJ E&M declined to comment, while representatives for YG, S.M. and JYP didn’t return calls seeking comment.
Right now it’s sorta like how JYJ is not officially blacklisted, but for all intents and purposes they absolutely are.
Anyway, while nationalist politics continue on and companies debate how to salvage millions, the actual losers in all this are the idols and the Chinese fans, both of whom have nothing to do with all this. Then again, if this continues on, it seems the beneficiaries would definitely be fans in Southeast Asia or North America or maybe even back to Japan for another go.