Beibei, a Chinese rapper also known as Li Jingze, has been having a bad run.
As a member of a hip-hop outfit called Huonghuahui, got his share of fans. However, he’s been facing allegations of “sexual involvement” with a number of them, something he vehemently denied. Regardless, plenty of blowback and online abuse ensued.
What could he do to prove his innocence? How about but cutting off his own finger?
On a livestream coming from somewhere in Shaanxi province, BeiBei cut off part of a pinky finger using a platform called Yizhibo.
This did little to assuage his critics. In fact, not only has be been the subject of further online attacks, but the government is not amused. China has some really, really restrictive streaming rules and cutting off a digit–even it’s your own–is something they frown upon.
Yizhibo not only immediately banned Beibei but also reported the incident to authorities. There’s no word on what might happen to him, but the PRC isn’t exactly friendly to musicians who don’t toe the party line. I’d suggest you ask rocker Li Zhi what that’s like, but he disappeared after mentioning Tiananmen Square.
More at Billboard.