Chapter 459: The most stringent ban in history!
The next day.
It was probably some time in the morning.
Zhang Ye, who was sleeping in the guest room on the lower floor, was awoken by someone. He could hear little Chenchen’s low voice saying, “Zhang Ye, I’m hungry. Buy some breakfast for me.”
Zhang Ye turned around, “Don’t disturb me, let me sleep in a while longer.”
Chenchen pushed him, “Zhang Ye, Zhang Ye. Wake up.”
Zhang Ye had slept for the entire afternoon yesterday, so he had not felt tired for the entire night until he had finally fallen asleep at 3AM. Right now, the sun had not even risen in the sky, so how could he possibly wake up now? He pulled the quilt over his head and said, “Let Uncle sleep for another hour. Don’t you know how to cook? Or why don’t you go downstairs to buy some breakfast instead?”
Chenchen’s face sank, “I don’t have money.”
Zhang Ye smacked his mouth before sticking his head out and handing her his wallet, “Take it. Oh, remember to buy a share for Uncle too. I want a bowl of stir-fried liver and half a tray of buns.”
As the new year passed, the food stalls started operating once again.
Chenchen said angrily, “I will tell my Aunt about this when she gets back.”
Zhang Ye made a sound and just continued to sleep.
The door opened and slammed shut as Chenchen stomped away angrily.
With all that disturbance by the little kid, Zhang Ye was unable to get back to sleep. He tossed and turned a few times before finally helplessly getting up.
After about 20 minutes, the house door opened. Zhang Ye was just starting to feel hungry now, so he got out of bed in his sleep wear and a pair of slippers, “You’re back? Did you buy stir-fried liver?”
No one answered.
A few seconds later, someone walked in!
Zhang Ye saw the person and said, “Aiyo, you’re back?”
Rao Aimin had arrived home and Little Chenchen could be seen in the living room pouting. She was just putting the breakfast she had just bought onto the table. She probably bumped into Rao Aimin downstairs after buying breakfast and came up with her together.
Rao Aimin looked extremely unfriendly. Without a word, she grabbed Zhang Ye by the shoulder, “You rascal! I told you to take care of Chenchen! To watch her in case she gets into trouble! But you sure are great! You even got Chenchen to cook and buy you breakfast? Then who amongst the two of you is taking care of whom?”
Zhang Ye bared his teeth and said, “Aiyowei! Pain, pain, pain!”
Rao Aimin said, “You’ve even became the master of the house, haven’t you?!”
“That’s not true.” Zhang Ye denied, “I was just training Chenchen to be independent. Don’t be so harsh on me, Landlady Auntie. I have a weak body and you might break me if you touch me like that. I might even faint with you grabbing my shoulder like that. If that happens, you’d have to call the ambulance to send me to the hospital.”
Rao Aimin gave him a ticking off before she appeased her anger.
The three of them sat together and ate their breakfast.
Chenchen spoke in an adult-like manner while drinking her soy milk, “Big Aunt, if you are not at home next time, don’t get Zhang Ye to look after me. I can handle it myself. If he comes, I would end up having to take care of him as well.”
Even though Zhang Ye had thick skin, he still turned red from embarrassment. Seeing that little Chenchen really bought the stir-fried liver and buns for him, he took one and gave it to her, “Don’t be angry. Come, have a bun.”
Chenchen said, “Not eating.”
Zhang Ye said nicely, “Then why don’t you give me a fried dough stick?”
Chenchen didn’t even look at him and said, “No, that’s mine.”
Zhang Ye said, “Look at you, look at you. So petty. You have to learn to be more magnanimous.” Then he winked at her, “Why don’t we follow the usual agreement, huh?”
Chenchen did not look at him directly but glanced sidewards, “Really?”
Zhang Ye nodded, “Of course I mean it.”
Chenchen said, “Then it’s a deal.” She split a fried dough stick and gave one to Zhang Ye.
Zhang Ye smiled as he took it from her and then gave two of his buns to Chenchen, “Have more meat so that you can grow taller.” The two of them had somehow come to a mutual agreement and turned amiable once more.
Rao Aimin who was observing them from the side asked, “What usual agreement?”
Zhang Ye quickly denied, “It’s nothing. Oh, where did you end up going last night?”
Rao Aimin had also bought breakfast and was eating her tofu pudding as she said, “Registered permanent residence status for Chenchen under another one of my addresses.”
“Didn’t you get that done already?”
“This place is a dual use property and couldn’t be used for permanent residence.”
“Oh, it’s like that.”
“Eat your food. You seem to be over concerning yourself with this.”
“What the, I was just asking casually.”
After the conversation ended, Zhang Ye realized another one of his buns had gone missing. He looked at Chenchen and saw her holding another one after finishing the two that he had given to her. As she was about to put it into her mouth, Zhang Ye leaned over and tried to snatch it back, “Hey, you’ve already had two! Why did you take another one from me!”
Chenchen dodged and quickly took a bite.
Zhang Ye said, “Greedy cat!”
After Chenchen finished eating that, her eyes fell onto Zhang Ye’s bowl again, “Give me another one.”
Zhang Ye vigilantly guarded, “Don’t even think about it!”
Chenchen said, “Zhang Ye, give me another.”
Zhang Ye laughed, “The buns are really delicious, right? I’m not giving you anymore.”
Chenchen tried to snatch it from him, but Zhang Ye blocked her. The two of them started messing around again.
When Rao Aimin saw that, she used the back of her chopsticks and hit them both on their heads, “Sit still! You two are always messing around whenever it’s time to eat. ‘Do not speak at the feeding or sleeping time’, have you never heard of this phrase?”
Only then did the two of them stop.
After eating, Rao Aimin went over to the sofa and sat down. She instructed Chenchen to finish her homework and then signaled for Zhang Ye to come over.
“What’s the matter?” Zhang Ye walked over.
Rao Aimin asked, “Have you recovered from your sickness?”
Zhang Ye wondered why she had become concerned about him, so he said, “I’ve recovered and my scabs are gone too. Thank you so much for taking care of me, landlady auntie.”
Rao Aimin nodded, “It’s good that you know. Well, my house hasn’t been cleaned for a quite a few days now and the dirty laundry is piling up too. Go and clear that for me.”
Zhang Ye objected, “Come on, not this!”
Rao Aimin glanced at him, “I already said it the last time. Do you think I would take care of you for free? Quickly go and wash the dishes, clean the windows, and wash the clothes. I already had a very busy day yesterday and didn’t managed to get any sleep. I better see something done when I wake up in the afternoon. If you do well, I might let you stay for lunch.”
Zhang Ye picked on her words, “Tell me what we will be having first? I won’t do it if it’s going to be a vegetarian lunch. If you prepare Red Braised Pork and Beef Stew, I will definitely get the chores done for you.”
Rao Aimin stared at him, “You’re discussing conditions with me? Quickly get the chores done now. All you know is how to talk nonsense. If you don’t do it properly, there won’t even be a vegetarian dish for you!” After that, she went upstairs to take a nap. She was wearing a rather thin pair of pants today and it couldn’t be seen if she had any long johns under it, but the pants were wrapped tightly around her thighs and with every step she took up the stairs and coupled with her swaying hips, it made her look even sexier.
Zhang Ye was dazzled by this image. Then he looked around the house and had no choice but to begin his duties. Actually, the landlady auntie had exaggerated the amount of chores. There wasn’t that much to do as the windows were already very clean to begin with. The dirty laundry pile was also extremely tiny and just putting them in the washing machine would leave nothing much for Zhang Ye to do. After he did all that, he came out to watch TV.
At around 10 o’clock.
Rao Aimin woke up and walked down to the kitchen. She started preparing to marinate the meat for dinner.
When Zhang Ye saw the ingredients, he knew that he was in for Red Braised Pork and Pork Rib Soup tonight. He reflexively salivated at the thought of this. Old Rao really had a heart as soft as tofu. Even if she had said that she didn’t care for this or that, she was still preparing the dishes that Zhang Ye liked the most!
Other than being sharp-tongued, she had no other faults!
Zhang Ye walked into the kitchen wanting to take a little advantage, but after two screams of agony, he was chased out of the kitchen by Rao Aimin. Hai, other than being sharp-tongued, she was quite violent too. Zhang Ye had nothing else to do, so he went to the study room to secretly help the little girl with her homework.
After having his fill at Rao Aimin’s house, he went back to his own apartment. He leaned against his chair and gave a hearty burp. He had definitely eaten too much.
Oh, didn’t they say that the SARFT would be releasing its new policies today? He was wondering what they would be about, so he went online to check it out. When he signed in to Weibo, Zhang Ye suddenly felt that there was a strange atmosphere online today. He could not pinpoint what was weird, but he just had that feeling. Zhang Ye’s heart was beating heavily as he randomly scrolled through some posts. He briefly saw some words about ‘ban’ and ‘SARFT’. That was when he knew something big had happened!
Sure enough, Zhang Ye found the press release that the SARFT had issued a few minutes earlier. Someone had posted it on their Weibo and highlighted some words in red. Each of those highlighted words sent shockwaves through to his heart!
The full text of the press release:
SARFT, Document No. 43.
“Notice concerning Strengthening Management of the Production and Dissemination of Radio, Film and Television Programs, Television Dramas, and Online Audiovisual Products”.
For a while, a few screenwriters, directors, actors, and other radio, film, and television employees have been investigated and prosecuted by public security bodies because they used drugs, solicited prostitutes, or engaged in other unlawful acts. Their acts violated laws and regulations, corrupting the social good, and especially as public personalities of society, they harmed the image of the sector, creating a very harmful influence on society, and damaged the healthy growth of a large number of minors. Radio, film, and television works are important carriers for the dissemination of advanced Socialist culture and carrying forward the Socialist core value system. The Administration has always advocated that radio, film, and television employees must abide by discipline and observe the law, consciously practice Socialist morality, resist vulgar, base and philistine tendencies; it has always advocated that the radio, film, and television literature and art workers must pursue excellence in virtue and artistry, and disseminate positive energy to society through excellent products and a fine image. In order to further clean up the airwaves, television screens, silver screens and the online environment, and create a good employment atmosphere, the following requirements are hereby reiterated:
One. All radio and television broadcasting bodies, regardless of their level, must persist in the correct orientation. They may not engage those who used drugs, solicited prostitutes, or engaged in other such unlawful and criminal acts to participate in the production and dissemination of television programs; they may not produce or broadcast radio or television programs that play up the unlawful and criminal acts of entertainers, celebrities and stars; they must temporarily cease broadcasting films, television dramas, all kinds of radio and television programs where those who used drugs, solicited prostitutes, or engaged in other such unlawful and criminal acts participated in the creation, as well as broadcast advertisements in which they appear.
A total of 5 guidelines were issued!
Then on the next page, the people involved and banned are as follows:
Etc, etc, etc.
Finally, the final two names that appeared left Zhang Ye bewildered.
There were a total of 29 people on the name list!
— We hereby notify of the above mentioned!
Published by The Office of the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television!