Former Star Search contestant Betty Sun draws criticism for violating China's one-child policy

11 February 2014 / 2 years 8 months ago

What was originally meant to be a time for celebration and rejoicing had evolved into criticism towards mainland Chinese actress Betty Sun.

On Feb 8, Betty Sun -- best known for her period drama The Legend of Zhen Huan (后宫甄嬛传) -- announced via her Weibo page that she is pregnant with her second child, reported Jaynestars.

The 31-year-old actress married 35-year-old fellow actor Deng Chao in 2010, and their first-born, a boy, was born a year later.

Together with photos of her family spending time at a beach, Betty wrote: “[Today] is Mr. Deng’s 35th birthday. It is [my son's] third birthday, and Director Deng’s first birthday! Today also marks the day I’ve become a superwoman for the fourth year! I am anticipating our brand new family model: 1+1=4.”

Her announcement drew mixed reactions from observers out there.

While many congratulated Betty on the newest addition to her family, some others criticised her for violating one-child policy knowingly.

The widely-publicisied one-child policy was implemented to control China's population growth by restricting families there -- with the exception of ethnic minorities -- to have only one child.

Families in which neither parent has siblings are allowed to have two.

Those who violate the policy are required to pay a hefty fine. Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou was fined RMB7.5m (S$1.56m), paid to the local family planning bureau, after he violated the policy by having three children.

That was probably what fuelled the sceptical comments in response to Betty’s second pregnancy.

Pne netizen commented on Betty’s pregnancy: “Your Highness, may I ask if you hold the permit to have a second child?”

Another wrote: “I also really admire your television dramas, but shouldn’t the one-child policy be equal to everyone? So celebrities have the privilege to have more kids?”

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