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Porn star turned legit artist sign of shifting mores

Japanese AV star Sola Aoi just celebrated a major breakthrough on China's Weibo. The number of her Chinese followers crested the 8-million mark for the first time since she launched the microblog last November. A somehow outmoded porn star in Japan, Aoi suddenly soars aloft here in China as a pop queen.

More than a few Japanese find it very hard to understand why the 28-year-old AV star is being called "Teacher Aoi" by her Chinese fans. Probably only the Chinese can get the subtle meanings in this title. To some degree, "Teacher Aoi" mirrors the sense of rebellion among the young Chinese generation.

Official sex education has been lacking, despite the nation's speedy opening-up. A great number of boys instead turn to bootleg DVDs or downloaded porn videos in order to acquaint themselves with the wonders of nature. For them, "Teacher Aoi" carries a secretive memory of their youth.

Now those brats have grown into massive consumer base. In a nation characterized by a high population, such a market is quite considerable. They love to see "Teacher Aoi," once an AV girl in those tawdry videos, now smile in the spotlight and stand in front of Chinese boys without shame. This is indeed amazing and gives them a strong sense of a wholesale tectonic shift, as though to say, "It is our era now!"

With their gifted business acumen, Chinese Internet market players grasp the psychology of their target audience well. The rule is simple: the greater stir Aoi causes, the happier young Chinese consumers feel. Months ago, an online game operator invited Aoi, Sister Lotus and Sister Feng to put up a cosplay show in Shanghai. The latter two "Sisters" are popular Web stars who are homely looking but extremely confident, as demonstrated by their saucy photos and jaw-dropping opinions. The online game operator no doubt figured that many young people would find this combination both amusing and stimulating.

The scene sickened many more traditional Chinese people, who impugn the increasing vulgarity of the entertainment industry. But unfortunately, that is just the ecology of entertainment at the moment. Nothing is impossible if there is a market. As long as their wallets get fatter, the businesspeople behind Aoi will create storms that are all the crazier.

This partly explains Aoi's recent "artistic exchange" with Mei Baojiu, an art master and son of Peking Opera legend Mei Lanfang. Aoi reportedly visited Mei at the Mei Lanfang Theater in Beijing, and their photo taken together drew the ire of numerous Chinese netizens.

Almost at the same time, Aoi participated in an activity which also featured famous Chinese soprano Song Zuying and celebrity hostess Yang Lan. The photo of the three of them, in which the porn star stood next to Song, who was decked out in a military uniform, was widely circulated on the Internet. This unlikely combination again caused a round of controversy. But it was all just the business tricks of backstage operators. I don't think these celebrities of "serious" arts really ever knew who Aoi was when being asked to take a photo together.

It is weird to see such a patchwork in the entertainment industry. But generally there's no need to make a fuss of it. The entertainment landscape of modern China is subject to swift changes in people's opinions and tastes, and Aoi is no exception.

She is part of the nostalgia trend of young Chinese. The businessmen push her forward to make profits, just as they reproduce the snacks and toys that members of the post-80s generation once enjoyed in their childhood. This is deliberate business behavior to make quick money. People naturally feel very excited at the beginning, but this won't really last long.

The author is a reporter with the Global Times. chenchenchen@globaltimes.com.cn

 

via GlobalTimes

 

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