Zhang Yimou Fined 7.48 Million For Violating One-Child Policy, Remin University Professor: Not One Cent Should be Fined
NetEase Entertainment January 10 report — January 9, Zhang Yimou fined 7.48 million [RMB, ~1.236 million USD] for violating One-Child Policy. The breaking of the news saw a huge clamor of public opinion. Quite a few netizens believe the fine to be excessive, while Remin University professor and sociology scholar Zhou Xiaozhen also said bluntly during an interview with columnist “奥德赛发”: “Not one cent should be fined.” His reasoning is “reproduction is a basic human right”.
With regards to Zhang Yimou being fined 7.48 million, Zhou Xiaozhen said “since ancient times, having children is the right of husbands and wives”, “Zhang Yimou used special privileges [his fame/connections] to protect his human rights. He had three children, and if he didn’t have his special privileges, then he wouldn’t have been given hukou registrations [for his children]. This isn’t a fault of having children, it’s Zhang’s fault for having special privileges.”
Netizens also paid a lot of attention to this matter. According to a certain survey, 38.6% of people believe the punishment was too light, with Zhou Xiaozhen expressing in response, “first, not even a cent should be fined. If he has special privileges, we should combat special privileges. Him having a hundred children is his own business, a basic human right.”
With regards to the National Population and Family Planning Commission, Zhou Xiaozhen says there’s no need for it to exist, “Immediately dissolve it. The National Population and Family Planning Commission has already been dismantled, merged it into the Health Department. In the Health Department, it’s called the Health Planning Commission, and its responsibility is the healthcare of women and children. Go take care of your responsibility, improve the healthcare of women and children.”
Comments from NetEase:
Strongly support this professor. It’s a pity that all he can do is talk about it [because he has no power to change it]…
Just what breed is this beast? I’m thinking of raising one!
cunzai1234567 [网易广东省深圳市网友]： (responding to above)
Before flaming, can you first look at what the professor is actually saying??????? Can you not just look at the title before you start flaming?
What this professor said is quite correct. There shouldn’t be a family planning commission at all. I suggest the flamers finish reading the article before flaming!
For those flamers who only look at the title without reading the actual articles, does anyone know how stupid you people are?
When peasants [rural people] are unable to pay the fines for having too many children and their pigs and food are confiscated or their home even demolished by family planning commission people, how come this beast didn’t say something? Netizens, don’t be skeptical, this is all true things that have happened.
After decades of not saying something, only saying something when it comes to Zhang Yimou. There’s nothing more to be said of this garbage’s behavior.
You motherfucking beast, how come we’ve never seen you come out to say anything when it is the ordinary common people being fined for having too many children?
When I had to apply for a birth permit, I had to go to the community committee, the family planning office, town affairs office. They all said it was the responsibility of the others and refused to handle it yet wanted to fine me 5000, saying it was because I didn’t get a examination on time. Examination NMB~! This is my first child~ Finally I had no choice but to find a government leader [use connections] before they would handle it. The family planning office is TM just a waste of taxpayers’ money, completely superfluous~!
Professors will only speak up on behalf of the famous, but who will do anything for the ordinary common people?!
What do you think? Is Zhang Yimou’s fine for violating the One-Child Policy too heavy or too light?