Fan BingBing (#范冰冰) is known in the United States for her portrayal of Blink in X-Men: Days of Future Past. In China, she is an even bigger star, making her one of the highest-paid actors in the world. But recently, she has gone missing from social media.
It has been over two months since Fan was seen in public. Rumors of her involvement in "yin-yang contracts" have been swirling.
"Yin-yang contracts" are when an actor has two contracts. One of these contracts lists the real salary while the other is fraudulent and lists a smaller salary which is then reported for tax purposes.
There are also rumors that Fan has received a ban from appearing in films.
With Fan's last public appearance being at a children's hospital on July 1st, fans are growing concerned about her whereabouts.
Furthermore, she recently scored a zero out of 100 in the 2017-18 China Film and Television Star Social Responsibility Report.
This report was developed amidst China's attempt to crack down on the entertainment industry, which they feel has a negative impact on the country's social values.
Many fans of Ms. BingBing believe she may have been detained by Chinese authorities for tax related issues.
People are worried for her.
@guardian China needs to explain where Fan Bingbing is. And they need to do it now!— Matthew Weimer (@Matthew Weimer)1536784320.0
@HaidiLun scary— Sarah (@Sarah)1536792318.0
@tictoc @PandaRadioUK Woahhh 😳— ARMY LONDON (@ARMY LONDON)1536821448.0
Some people find the social responsibility ranking disturbing.
The Chinese state rates the good deeds of celebrities from 0 to 100, with the pass mark 60. The star who scored 0… https://t.co/TwIBkMMLDM— Rachel Carrell (@Rachel Carrell)1536704157.0
@RachCarrell That is so creepy— Birdie Sanders (@Birdie Sanders)1536791347.0
@RachCarrell @TaniaArpa Pretty sure it's also the combined plot of a couple Black Mirror episodes.— Isaac sez: Invoke-the-25th-Amendment (@Isaac sez: Invoke-the-25th-Amendment)1536810137.0
It also appears that China is beginning to take down any ads or billboards with her likeness. Furthermore, many locals are not privy to the same details as Westerners.
One of the most obvious changes in China I see this trip is NO trace of Fan Bingbing. China's top actress was ubiqu… https://t.co/YW405JdhVK— Rui Ma (@Rui Ma)1536607018.0
@JiayangFan This is one of the weirdest stories ever. On so many fronts.— Yuh-Line Niou (@Yuh-Line Niou)1536730893.0
@JiayangFan This very shocking news. Locals here in Beijing only know that she is missing. But have not heard abou… https://t.co/FBRVZH6OmS— Alien_Visitor (@Alien_Visitor)1536736834.0
@JiayangFan Just looked it up. Seems like lockdown on news about her. Lots of rumors of brands cancelling her spons… https://t.co/rCwqGbfGEC— Chang An (@Chang An)1536759541.0
We hope that Fan BingBing is safe and simply staying out of the public eye.