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China Denies ‘Fan Culture’ Crackdown, Targets South Korean Entertainers

The Chinese embassy in South Korea insisted on Wednesday that Beijing’s crackdown on “fan culture” does not target any particular foreign country. South Korean media organizations have suggested the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) launched the crackdown because it was worried about the cultural influence of popular “K-pop” entertainers.

Fans wait for K-Pop group BTS to take the stage in Central Park, May 15, 2019 in New York City. Fans waited in line for days to see the group perform as part of ABC's 'Good Morning America' summer concert series. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

‘Fan-Trusted’ Fandom Briefly Bans Term ‘SJW’ from Its Wiki Sites

Fandom, which hosts fan-run wiki sites on the Wikia domain, briefly banned the term “SJW,” an abbreviation of “Social Justice Warrior,” across its sites. Contributors to any Fandom-hosted wikis who used the term or any term containing the letters together, such as in a quotation, were unable to complete their edits. The ban was in place for several days before it was apparently lifted.

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