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The Chinese parliament is set to vote on a law that would ban actors who are caught doing drugs, even once, for life. "Actors inherently have a higher level of education, and they are idolized by young people. The bad impact of them using drugs is more severe, so the punishment for them using drugs should be harsher," said the bill's author, Zhu Lieyu.

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  1. Christ, what an asshole this legislator is. There’s so much wrong in a single statement, it’s no wonder their government spectacularly sucks on scale that’s nearly inconceivable.

    Actors are not significantly more educated. Besides that, advanced education rarely prevents people from being dumb outside of their narrow academic specialties.

    It’s also been a long time since most people regarded actors as role models. They usually look good, but are otherwise seen as a joke. Why do think the Oscars ceremonies pool have lost nearly all its viewership?

    The drug war has been a spectacular failure—so adding new, harsher penalties is just doubling down on stupid.
    There’s also a serious problem when one group is subject to different laws than another, But then, given that it’s the the CCP, that’s just what they do.

    1. It seems that you’re looking at this through a western lens and not considering aspects of chinese culture that differ from ours.

      Sure, the approach is ludicrous and doomed to fail but most of your reasoning is simply wrong.

    2. Maybe this guy is just trolling their equivalent of Robert De Niro. Sarcasm may not translate well; was this done in a tweet?

    3. I disappeared. I look forward to harsher punishments for actors. Even if there is no evidence of drug usage.

      1. *disagree *

  2. I’m sure Disney will get right behind this.

    1. If it means some extra ticket sales in China for their latest remake/reboot/rehash that completely eviscerates the quality entertainment they used to make decades ago ago, then absolutely they will.

      Not only that, but they will gladly backpedal on any of their proclaimed ideals to pander to China, right down to shrinking a black actors presence on movie posters and turning his character into a punchline, not to mention thanking the concentration camp administrators who helped them film their latest ruinous rehash of a classic.

      1. The funny thing is American live acting is a flop in China. Western drama doesn’t translate. So they are, or would be, punishing voice actors who’s on-screen presence would be any one of more than 32 million colors.

  3. Hopefully they don’t expand this to cover foreign athletes whose league enjoys a lucrative revenue stream from China.

    1. That would be delicious.

  4. In a Communist collective, drug use is a threat to the social and political order. Actors and entertainers in such societies exist solely to propagandize on behalf of the government (that is, at least from the perspective of the government). Drug use, moreover, presupposes the existence of individual autonomy and a right to alter one’s mental state. The right to alter one’s mental state presupposes the right to reject the government’s prevailing political orthodoxy. Therefore, any actor that uses drugs is, almost by definition, normalizing the precise type of activity (and endorsing a series of presuppositions about individual autonomy) that can lead to people questioning and/or opposing the government.

    1. That’s why we need vaccine passports.

    2. The right to alter one’s mental state presupposes the right to reject the government’s prevailing political orthodoxy.

      This is the money shot. It’s not about the drugs or the rights to use them exactly. I guarantee Chinese soldiers and athletes will still get go pills and steroids. The problem is recreational drugs, the goverment can’t control people who are stoned out of their skulls.

  5. “Actors inherently have a higher level of education”

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    *gasp*
    HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAH

  6. Wow, if I were a pro-weed cosmotarian this move might make me rethink my choice of Biden and his pro-global, pro-China foreign policy.

    Maybe.

    Nah.

  7. Shirley polititions will be the next highly educated, idolized group to be given the same treatment…

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