Chinese teen compared to Mulan after hiding gender to join boy band

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A 13-year-old girl in China has apologized for lying about her gender and tricking fans into trying to join a boy band.

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In a statement on social media platform Weibo, Fu Jiayuan said that he lied about his gender in order to become a member of the YGN Youth Club’s boot camp.

YGN Youth Club is a talent management company that recruits only boys in the age group of 11 to 13 and trains them in singing and dancing to become the pop idols of the future.


In his apology, Fu said that she lied because she was young and ignorant, BBC informed of. She apologized to her fans and vowed to never join the entertainment industry again.

Fu’s apology has drawn comparisons on social media to the Chinese folktale Mulan, which was written by A. was also imprisoned in Disney Film.

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According to Chinese legend, Mulan was a young girl who dressed as a man to protect her country and protect her family.

Fu was not an official member of the band and was only a member of YGN Youth Club’s boot camp. However, she appeared in training videos shared on social media.

After Fu’s apology, the company said he was inducted because of negligent employees. It also said that the mistake was made because the auditions were held virtually due to the pandemic. It has promised to follow its own rules and regulations in future, reported BBC.

Last month, China’s national broadcaster, the National Radio and Television Administration (NRTA), cracked down on shows promoting “sacred genres” in order to control content deemed “unhealthy”.

Studies have estimated that the Chinese pop idol industry is a multi-billion pound industry where companies such as YGN Youth Club are coveted by families who want their children to become famous pop stars.


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