Let’s play Where In The World Is Fan Bingbing? Because apparently that girl is MIA.
Fan Bingbing, who is China’s highest-paid actress, is reportedly being investigated for a classic case of tax evasion and had been banned from acting for three years. She was alleged to be using “Yin and Yang” contracts where one of her contracts would get reported to the tax department and the other, fatter contract would remain in her bank account. Her social media activity pretty much stopped and she hadn’t been seen in public since early July… and she still hasn’t.
According to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation there is a list in China called the Television Star Social Responsibility Report. It ranks Chinese celebs according to three criteria: professional work, charitable actions and personal integrity. Well, the 2017-2018 list was just released and it may yield some clues as to what’s going on with Miss Bingbing. Because she got a whopping score of–wait for it–0%.
It’s not all bad for Fan Bingbing since China is one tough critic, and the list says that, even though she is the last on it, she still has a bunch of company in the failing section since only nine celebrities got a passing grade of 60%, including her fiancé, actor Li Chen. Can you imagine if we did this for North American celebrities? Ranked them based on their trashy lives and lacklustre social activism? Oh god, we should totally start doing this!
Li Chen has been seen in public, even though his fiancé has become a ghost, and in fact there are rumors the two broke up after he appeared on his variety show Hurry Up, Brother back in August without his engagement ring.
The reason they broke up and the reason Fan Bingbing is missing, may be one in the same. Last week, China released a state media report from the government-run Securities Daily who wrote that Fan had been “placed under control” but the online article vanished just like she did pretty soon after it was put up online. “Placed under control” what a nice way to phrase: “Arrested that trick.”
So to recap: Fan is missing, her fiancé took off his engagement ring, the Chinese government said she was on time out and then erased that message, and they slapped her with a 0% in terms of social responsibility… Hmmm…
I’m gonna go ahead and guess that Fan Bingbing’s three years off from acting is really three years off from freedom. And I’m also going to guess that right now, Jessica Chastain is scaling the outside wall of a Chinese prison, as Lupita Nyong’o hacks into the prison’s security system in a van parked down the road, and Marion Cotillard and Penelope Cruz sneak in through a laundry cart. Don’t worry, Fan Bingbing, they’re coming to break you out. 355 isn’t a movie, it’s real-life!