Jin Xing is the first transgender celebrity in China, and a progressive icon for many.
The first episode of aired on Christmas Eve, and caused a storm of outrage on the internet that still continues.
Jin Xing was born in 1967 in Shenyang in northern China.
Her father was a staff officer in the People’s Liberation Army, a highly privileged position in China, and her mother a translator.
” The chauvinistic comments and the patriarchal, misogynistic standards led Quartz News to publish a video titled: “A new hit Chinese TV show proves sexist ideas still persist there.”Yet Jin Xing has told the audience that she is proud of the show: “I told you, I don’t host average shows”, and presented it as in line with her harsh but fair attitude.
(She once told the Huffington Post: “My words aren’t like massage oil — they’re like acupuncture needles, they go right to the nerve and twist it.”) What has happened to Jin Xing, once an icon of progressive attitudes around gender and sexuality?