Lady Gaga ‘Banned’ from China After Meeting with the Dalai Lama
Gaga met with the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader before a conference on Sunday (Jun. 26, 2016) to discuss yoga and “the power of kindness and how to make the world a more compassionate place.” After sharing several photos of their encounter on her social media accounts and posting a video of the discussion on her Facebook page, the singer received severe social media backlash from Chinese fans and was blacklisted on Monday (June 27, 2016). China’s State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television states that Gaga is no longer allowed on television or radio and that her music will no longer be available for online download in China.
The Dalai Lama fled Tibet in exile in 1959 after a failed uprising against Chinese rule and is considered a separatist and a “wolf in monk’s robes” by Beijing. China’s rulers maintain that he is a separatist who, by their measure, is separating the Himalayan region from China and is establishing his own theocratic rule.
Gaga was previously banned from China in 2011 when Chinese authorities claimed that she was “creating confusion in the order of the online music market, and damaging the nation’s cultural security.” This was removed in 2014 when her album Artpop was released and was allowed to be sold in the country, although the cover art — featuring Gaga, naked and straddling a blue orb — was challenged.
The Guardian reports that some of her music was still available for download on select music players as of Tuesday (Jun. 28, 2016), but a report about her meeting with the Dalai Lama has been deleted from one of their websites.