(Central News Agency, Taipei, 19th) During the Halloween season last month, the appearance of “cosplayers” across China attracted attention. Sources said that the Shanghai police had taken away several cosplayers; in addition, the cyberspace department recently interviewed Douyin, The person in charge of websites such as Xiaohongshu and Tencent ordered strict investigation of the uploaders of Halloween videos.
Radio Free Asia reported on the 17th that on October 31, the day before Halloween in the West, young Chinese people in Shanghai and other places put on various costumes with distinctive themes and walked on the streets to express their views on the current social situation, including wearing clothes during the epidemic. The “big white” coats worn by epidemic prevention personnel were also worn by people pretending to be officials from the Qing Dynasty, and some even displayed outfits that alluded to Chinese leaders.
Nanjing public welfare activist He Peirong told Radio Free Asia that she had received the latest news that a number of young cosplayers were taken away by the Shanghai police for more than 24 hours; the families of these young people are still learning whether the police will release them.
The report also quoted a Shanghai media person as saying that on Halloween this year, many young people in Shanghai put on various fancy costumes to express their dissatisfaction with the government, and the police are investigating this.
This media person said, “I heard that young people who started to cosplay were warned not to cosplay as characters in games or animations. They are divided into groups, and young people like to play Cosplay very much. They play regularly. At these gatherings, people buy clothes and wigs. But some of the characters are ironic about reality. We call it “Western ideology invades the brains of young people,” and they (the police) want to ban this.”
Halloween is a traditional festival in some Western countries, but it has become politicized in China.
The report also quoted an employee of an online media company in Beijing as saying that the Cyberspace Administration of China recently interviewed relevant leaders of Tencent, Xiaohongshu, Douyin and other companies and ordered them to rectify the management methods of online videos and stop publishing videos that “violate socialism” during the Halloween period. core values”.
The source said, “Friends from Tencent and those in charge of Xiaohongshu have been interviewed. Now arresting people is their (authority’s) follow-up action.” (Editor: Zhou Huiying/Zhang Shuling) 1121119