BEIJING – Chinese rapper Li Jingze, better known by his stage name Beibei, deliberately severed part of his pinky during a livestream from Shaanxi province. The experienced battle rapper has been accused of sexual involvement with his fans and this was his way of demonstrating his innocence.
Beibei is part of the Xi’an-based hip-hop collective known as Huonghuahui (HHH) and also called GDLF Music. The 24-year-old hip hop performer, who is well-known in the underground rap scene in China for his freestyle skills, has said he was facing intense cyberbullying and this gesture was an apparent attempt to stem that tide. Ironically, he has faced an intense negative reaction to the incident from the online community in China and it has led to crackdown on hip-hop in China.
The event, which violates China's Internet streaming regulations, took place on the evening of Aug. 5th. Li did not show the actual incision, but held up the bloody digit afterward. He used the popular platform Yizhibo to stream the action. Li had an approximate 720,000 followers on the site, which has since banned him and reported the incident to the authorities, according the Chinese media reports. They also report that Li's WeChat feed jumped from 150,000 to 680,000 and WeChat hashtags relating to the Shaanxi hip hop collective Huonghuahui (HHH) hit 70 million by Tuesday evening.