Softcore Porn Star Joins Communist Party, Chinese Social Media Goes Gaga

The Hollywood Reporter

As Chinese politicians seem be falling prey to one sex scandal after another, an authentic Chinese sex goddess is making waves on the country's social media by officially joining the Party’s ranks.

Actress Diana Pang Dan, known for her generously endowed figure and prolific appearances in raunchy “Category III” films (the Hong Kong rating system equivalent of something between R and NC17) in the 1990s, has caused a sensation on Chinese social media after she was spotted attending a local meeting of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Congress (CPPCC), a legislative advisory body, in the western Chinese province of Gansu, the Wall Street Journal reported from Beijing late Thursday.

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“Peng Dan might work hand-in-hand with mainland officials to welcome in the New Year by recording a 12-second film that challenges Lei Zhengfu’s record,” the Journal quoted one lascivious microblogger as saying.

The tweet was a reference to the scandal that toppled Lei Zhengfu, former Communist Party chief of a district in the megalopolis of Chongqing, after a hardcore video of him having sex with a woman decades his junior was leaked online and rapidly shared across China. As if loosing his job wasn’t enough, scores of snarky weibo users mocked the official for his stunted stamina – hence the reference to “12-seconds.”

“These days transcending boundaries is very popular,” tweeted another Sina Weibo user (China’s version of Twitter). “If politician Lei Zhengfu can act in a porn film, then Category III actress Peng Dan can certainly get involved in politics.”

According to a report posted to the government-run China News Service, Pang was attending the meeting because she was interested in doing more non-profit service work in Gansu Province.

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In recent years, the 40-year-old actress has left behind her raunchier work (Evil Instinct (1996), Hong Kong Showgirls (1996), The Imp (1996)) for more artful filmmaking and has spent more of her time engaged in philanthropic pursuits. Earlier in her life she studied ballet at Julliard School in New York.

“I hope I can do a little investment in Gansu, and shoot more film and TV programs featuring Gansu – especially mainstream programs,” Pang said, according to the government dispatch from CNS.

As weibo users as disparate as office workers, housewives and university professors continued Thursday to debate and deride her appearance at the Gansu meeting, Peng took to her own weibo account to obliquely reply: “Whether you like me or not, I’m always here. Though you never cared, I never left. Life is long – Why rush to judge?”

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