Beijing Fines Chinese Internet Celebrity ‘Viya’ $210 Million For Tax Evasion

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In a single week again in August, a handful of China’s most-famous celebrities were wiped from the face of the earth. Their crime? Being too well-known. In additional advanced phrases, their offense was making the communist celebration elders involved that obsession with fame and consumerism was having a unfavorable affect on the inhabitants at giant.

Probably the most high-profile celeb to be deleted was “Vicki” Zhao Wei. Vicki was just like the Chinese Reese Witherspoon in that she was a movie star, producer and entrepreneur. Vicki and her husband used their fame and connections to attain an fairness stake in Jack Ma’s new firm Alibaba Photos. That stake finally grew to be price over $1 billion after non-public fundraising rounds. This didn’t please the Chinese authorities which has fallen-out with Ma within the final 12 months. So Vicki was deleted from the web. All of her films and TV exhibits have been faraway from all streaming platforms. Vicki and her husband have barely been seen in public in three months. At one level they have been reportedly noticed fleeing through non-public jet to their villa in France.

The newest superstar to run-afoul of the Chinese authorities is an influencer who goes by “Viya.” Actual identify Huang Wei, Viya is a bit just like the Kylie Jenner of China. Think about if Kylie Jenner had large following on Amazon as an alternative of Instagram and picture if she used that Amazon following to promote her merchandise via QVC-style livestream marathons.

Up till this week, Viya had 18 million followers on Weibo – China’s model of Twitter – and 80 million followers on Taoboa – China’s model of Amazon. That is the place Viya has grow to be one thing of an web titan. By her Taoboa livestreams, Viya has bought actually BILLIONS of {dollars} price of merchandise in the previous few years.

Do not imagine me? Here is what Viya pulled off simply final month:

November 11 in China is a vacation known as “Singles’ Day.” The day celebrates people who find themselves not in relationships. A decade in the past, China’s e-commerce websites started internet hosting 24-hour gross sales occasions on Singles’ Day. It is grow to be like Amazon Prime Day… occasions a thousand.

This 12 months on Single’s Day Viya bought over $1 billion price of merchandise from her devoted Taoboa livestream.

(Picture by STR/CNS/AFP through Getty Photographs)

It isn’t completely clear the place Viya went flawed or what she did to earn the eye of the powers-that-be in Beijing, however boy did she earn their consideration.

This week, the communist celebration introduced that it had fined Viya $210 million to settle tax evasion expenses. It’s the greatest single advantageous levied towards a celeb… thus far.

Legally, the federal government claimed the advantageous was associated to below reporting her revenue in 2019 and 2020. She allegedly underpaid her revenue by $100 million. So the advantageous was $100 million in owed taxes and a $110 million penalty.

Maybe hoping to get again of their good graces, and have her social media accounts restored, Viya launched the next assertion when the advantageous was introduced:

I am deeply sorry about my violations of the tax legal guidelines and laws. I completely settle for the punishment made by the tax authorities.

Man. If solely the US authorities had the balls to delete celebs. I would not thoughts by no means listening to from or seeing Jake Paul ever once more 🙂


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