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China’s Slacker Superstar

From America’s Kurt Cobain to China’s Lelush, pop stars earn their adoration not only from performing but from refusing to perform.

This April, a strange story broke across the internet about a young, Mandarin-speaking Russian man known as “Lelush” who’d spent months on a Chinese reality television show, apparently against his will. The show, Produce Camp 2021, was the fourth season of a franchise that first began in South Korea in 2016 and has now expanded […]

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