Vanished China star Fan last in 'social responsibility' ranking

Angelo Anderson
September 12, 2018

She is one of the highest-paid actresses in the world.

In a state-sanctioned study on the social responsibility of Chinese, Taiwanese and Hong Kong celebrities, top Chinese actress Fan Bingbing came in last.

A recent report by academics at Beijing Normal University ranked Fan the lowest in a "social responsibility assessment" of Chinese film and television stars. Chinese actor Xu Zheng topped the list at 78 per cent.

The mystery disappearance of China's highest paid actress, Fan Bingbing, has embroiled Australian vitamin brand Swisse, which has suspended use of the star's image in its marketing.

Fan's zero score raised eyebrows given that the X-Men actress has not been formally charged or confirmed to be involved in tax evasion.

The report's authors said they studied the celebrities' behaviour to assess the extent of their social responsibility but did not elaborate on how they arrived at the results, saying that the findings were based on "research and web-scraping".

Fan has been unusually quiet in recent months - with no new posts to her normally active personal Weibo account since May - amid speculation about her whereabouts.

Meanwhile, a watchdog site covering social media censorship in China notes that concerned supporters who wondered online what had happened to Fan have since seen their posts scrubbed.

One user wrote on Weibo, China's equivalent to Twitter: "What kind of a report is this?"

A list of the rankings from the report published by state media outlet China Daily showed Bingbing received a score of 0 per cent.

Fan vanished not long after state-run TV suggested the contract with her entertainment company misrepresented what she earned so she could pay less in taxes.

Another report, by Taiwan's ETtoday, said last Friday that Fan had already been detained, quoting insiders close to the matters.

She was accused this year on social media of signing two copies of a film contract - a practice colloquially dubbed a "yin-yang" agreement, wherein the undervalued version is submitted to tax authorities.

Her name is commonly associated with Chinese youths' newfound obsession with plastic surgery, and her aquiline nose and distinctive jaw line are said to be popular requests.

Given the Chinese government's propensity for secrecy, there probably won't be any solid news until the matter is sorted out behind closed doors, and Fan pays up for her rumored tax transgressions and makes a contrite statement to the public.

Last month, almost a dozen major Chinese film producers and video sites announced they also would boycott "unreasonable" pay for actors. State-run Chinese publication Securities Daily ran a piece earlier this month that Fan had been "placed under control" and will "accept legal judgment".

Fan's 18-year-old younger brother Fan Chengcheng, who made his debut in showbiz as a contestant on Chinese reality programme Idol Producer, shed tears during a fan meeting in Nanjing held on Saturday (Sept 8).

Here are the top five highest paid celebrities in China past year, according to Forbes China.

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