There’s the now staple performer Li Yugang, a man who is rarely not in a dress, and is dressed up as the moon goddess this year. Actress Qin Hailu’s skit features a high-powered female exec with a slick short hairdo and a black suit while her male employee dons a long wig, a pouty voice, and addresses everyone by “dear.”
Who's male and and who's female?
Only a few years ago, Li Yuchun was widely criticized for being androgynous, and Western media like the Times even used her as an
example of the state’s disapproval of such phenomenon? Yet if you watched this year’s Spring Festival Gala, nicknamed the “gender-bending
gala” by netizens, you would’ve never guessed that was ever an issue.
It wasn’t an abnormality, neither. Of the five skits on China’s most watched show of the year, almost all of them defy normal gender roles. Skit A features a pretty flaming male designer dressed in pink as the righteous if vain protagonist. Skits C, D, and E all feature female execs and their male workers. Skit B‘s protagonist is nicknamed the Empress on the Internet, which I think says it all.
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Zhang Jie and Lin Yoga sing about wanting to hold hands and fall in love