If you’ve opened any of your snapchat news within the past few weeks, you’ve probably heard about Fan Bingbing. The Chinese superstar, with a status paralleled to that of Jennifer Lawrence, hasn’t been seen out in public since June of this year. Many fans are left panicking, because right before her disappearance Fan was caught up in a large tax evasion scandal rocking the country’s film industry.
China began capping actors’ and actresses’ pay to reflect only a percentage of the film’s budget to avoid multi-million dollar paychecks to the already wealthy elite. Fan was targeted by the Chinese authorities that claimed she was using tax evasion to keep her earnings secret. This is a major crime in China and many have been held prisoner and tortured for this and far less. Her disappearance has many people wondering if the authorities have taken her into custody. Without any confirmation of her whereabouts, there is a chance this has happened and her safety may be a cause for concern.
Other conspiracy theories suggest Bingbing has fled the controlling country to find a safe haven in possibly the United States. People believe they spotted Fan at LAX and she could be staying in The United States to protect herself and her fortune. Bingbing has been cast in upcoming roles and movies that begin filming within the next months, so it will be interesting to see how this all plays out. Nonetheless, this scandal has rocked the international movie industry and shed a light on how political differences can affect a worldwide industry.