Taiwan singer-actress Annie Yi (伊能靜) is in big trouble after mocking the Chinese government and pledging her support for the country’s liberal Southern Weekly newspaper. She has called for an investigation into communist party chiefs rewriting the paper’s editorials, turning wine into water.
After losing contact with the world for a day following her message of support, it was feared she had been “disappeared”. For those of you who think this sort of thing doesn’t happen in China, think again. A reporter recently pretended to be a vagrant and was beaten up because those involved thought they could get away with it. This happens all the time, it’s just not news.
Meanwhile, political discontents like artist Ai Weiwei (艾未未) and Liu Xiaobo (刘晓波) are held without charge and imprisoned.
Annie finally reassured her friends and family of her safety through a text message, saying that “work is back to normal” and her new book Fall in Love with Body (跟身體談戀愛) has just been published. Annie, a free spirit, said she fully supports the Southern Weekly and its stance against Chinese government censorship, and even described the Chinese government press as “dogs”. She has canceled commercial events in Beijing, Shanghai and Hangzhou this month “out of safety considerations.” Some say this is a daring marketing ploy to promote her new book, in which the 43-year-old shares beauty tips and shows off her curvy figure in bikini. But if it is a promotional ploy it could backfire.
Annie has gradually shifted her showbiz career to China, where she is known her role as one of the judges in China’s Got Talent (中国达人秀).
She divorced Taiwan singer Harlem Yu (庾澄慶) in 2008. The pair has a son.