Abandoned surrogate babies and ageism in entertainment!: #PopVultures Ep 40

  • 14 Apr 2021

#PopVultures Ep 40: Abandoned surrogate babies and ageism in entertainment! 28:23 mins Synopsis: The Straits Times examines the ins and outs of pop culture in the Asian entertainment and Hollywood industries. For the #PopVultures' 40th episode, Jan Lee and Sam Jo deliver a double whammy of topics - first covering the unfolding saga of Chinese actress Zheng Shuang who has been cancelled after it was revealed that she had abandoned two surrogate babies she and her ex-partner Zhang Heng had in the United States. They run down the dramatic tale - which includes leaked audio tapes, a clandestine marriage, money troubles and abandoned surrogate babies.  The #PopVultures then touch on ageism in entertainment as Zhang Ziyi has been criticised for playing a 15-year-old girl in the series Monarch Industry, even though the character grows up and matures into an adult. Across the pond, Jennifer Lopez has had to defend herself again after a netizen boldly proclaimed that she has had "a ton" of Botox done. Produced by: Jan Lee (janlee@sph.com.sg), Yeo Sam Jo (yeosamjo@sph.com.sg) & Penelope Lee Edited by: Penelope Lee Subscribe to #PopVultures Podcast series and rate us on your favourite audio apps: Channel: https://str.sg/JWad Apple Podcasts: https://str.sg/JWaA Google Podcasts: https://str.sg/Ju47  Spotify: https://str.sg/JWaP  Website: http://str.sg/stpodcasts Feedback to: podcast@sph.com.sg Follow Jan Lee on Instagram: https://str.sg/Jbxc Read Jan Lee's stories: https://str.sg/Jbxp --- Discover more ST podcast series: Asian Insider Podcast: https://str.sg/JWa7 Green Pulse Podcast: https://str.sg/JWaf Health Check Podcast: https://str.sg/JWaN ST Sports Talk Podcast: https://str.sg/JWRE Life Weekend Picks Podcast: https://str.sg/JWa2 Bookmark This! Podcast: https://str.sg/JWas Lunch With Sumiko Podcast: https://str.sg/J6hQ Discover BT Podcasts: http://bt.sg/podcasts Follow our shows then, if you like short, practical podcasts! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.