A famous dancer says she was axed as a judge on a TV talent show because she has had a sex change.
Jin Xing was contracted to appear on eight episodes of Feitong Fanxiang, a contest for professional singers broadcast on Zhejiang TV.
However, on Monday night she received a call from the show’s director, Chao Chi-tai, to say she had been dropped because “her transgender identity could have negative effects on society”.
Jin told China Daily that Chao was citing an official document from the Zhejiang provincial administration of radio, film and television.
“We have been friends for many years, and he is a reputable artist, so I believe in him,” said the 44-year-old retired dancer.
An official at the watchdog declined to comment on Thursday, saying only: “I’m too busy to confirm or deny it.”
Jin, who underwent a sex-change operation in 1996, insisted she is not interested in compensation or in taking measures to force an apology from the administration.
“I’m just angry that the officials used such a lame excuse. It’s a personal attack,” she said.
by The Punjapit Alliance