#PopVultures Podcast: Abandoned surrogate babies and ageism in entertainment

In this episode #PopVultures, we discuss the surrogacy saga of Chinese actress Zheng Shuang and her ex-partner Zhang Heng (middle), as well as showbiz ageism against women like Zhang Ziyi (far left) and Jennifer Lopez (far right).
In this episode #PopVultures, we discuss the surrogacy saga of Chinese actress Zheng Shuang and her ex-partner Zhang Heng (middle), as well as showbiz ageism against women like Zhang Ziyi (far left) and Jennifer Lopez (far right).PHOTOS: AP, ZHANGZIYI_OFFICIAL/INSTAGRAM, JLO/INSTAGRAM

#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.

Meanwhile, Jennifer Lopez defended 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)

Edited by: Penelope Lee

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