Stephen Chow (周星驰) in a talk show. Photo: Shanghaiist
Stephen Chow the 51 year old Hong Kong actor, comedian, screenwriter, film director, producer and most importantly star of Kung Fu Hustle has been appointed to Guangdong's Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference Committee, but he isn't actually a Communist.
He has been included as one of 281 members from Hong Kong and Macau in a 'special invitation' sector that makes up part of the 978 strong committee. The movie star is affiliated with the Zhigongdang of China (one of the eight parties in China that aren't the CPC) but since the CPPCC is a political advisory body, which is dominated by the CPC anyway, he isn't likely to be writing new laws any time soon.
978 members were adopted into the body during a provincial meeting in Guangzhou on Monday. Chow won't be the only celebrity cast member, and he will be joined by actor Kent Tong Chun-yip, and presenters Sally Wu and Ma Dingsheng, who have served on the committee before. His participation is set to increase media coverage of the Committee for the next five years.
While many will question whether celebrities are qualified to advise politicians they can rest assured that Chow meets the CPPCC criteria of 'being a representative of the sector and influential', said a spokesperson for the Guangdong CPPCC.