Lady Gaga is now banned in China. One can wonder if she committed a grave crime to warrant such a ban, but she didn’t. Did Lady Gaga offend Chinese fans?
Instead Lady Gaga was banned because she dared talk about compassion, mental health issues, and world peace. Apparetnly, China has a problem with these topics if you’re discussing this with the Dalai Lama.
Lady Gaga & China
On Sunday, Lady Gaga and the Dalai Lama touched on these issues, which irked China’s so called propaganda department, as reportd by China’s Apple Daily, a pro-democracy paper.
According to the newspaper, the country’s propaganda department asked websites and media outlets to stop uploading or distributing Lady Gaga’s content. Party-controlled outlets were asked to say bad things about the meeting between Lady Gaga and the Dalai Lama, while other outlets were forbidden to report the meeting at all.
While fans worldwide were astounded and outraged, fans in China were split. Some believe that Lady Gaga’s actions were selfish because by meeting the Dalai Lama, she alienated them.
“She did not consider her Chinese fans!” Chinese social media site user GeorgeLee wrote, according to Billboard. .
Lady Gaga seems not to care though because she is still sharing photos and quotes from her conversation with the Dalai Lama.
Lady Gaga & Dalai Lama
Lady Gaga was actually stoked to have talked to the Dalai Lama. She tweeted that it was a social day and that kindness is scientifically proven to improve health so people should be kind.
On their part, the Chinese government never hid the fact that they will never consider the Dalai Lama and anyone who associates with him in a positive light.
For the government, Dalai Lama is just a hostile foreign force that will do anything to advocate for Tibetan indpndnc. In fact, the government asks the international community to be more vigilant on the Dalai Lama’s “true colors.”
Lady Gaga however amassed great praise for talking with the Dalai Lama even though it was apparent that China will not like this. “Lady Gaga knew how Beijing would react,” Bill Bishop wrote on Twitter.
Bishop is behind the Sinocism newsletter, designed to bring awareness to Western readers on China.”Good for her to show some courage, unlike most celebrities who are scared of bullying Beijing now,” he added.
This is not the first time Lady Gaga music was banned from China anyway. She was already banned once because her songs allegedly contained vulgarities. Up to now though, her music can still be streamed in QQ.
Thank you for this special day. Science tells us kindness improves health, let's take care of the body of our nation pic.twitter.com/jsvlTy5pTH
— xoxo, Joanne (@ladygaga) June 26, 2016