Lady Gaga Incites Outrage in China Over Her Meeting With the Dalai Lama
Fans of Lady Gaga in China are reportedly outraged over the singer's inspirational 20-minute meeting with the Dalai Lama, which took place June 27 following the 84th Annual Conference of Mayors in Indianapolis, IN.
The exiled Tibetan spiritual leader is considered a dangerous political figure and separatist instigator by the Chinese state, where he is banned after his involvement in a failed 1959 uprising. On Monday, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei spoke out against the controversial meeting.
"We hope that people from the international community can be fully aware of his true colors and nature," Lei said. "The purpose of his visits and activities in other countries is just to promote his proposal for Tibetan independence."
Now, many are concerned that Gaga may soon find herself banned from mainland China as well.
After photos and news of her meeting with the esteemed activist circulated online, Chinese fans began speculating that her friendship with Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, may impact future performances and music releases in the communist nation, which enforces an infamously strict Internet and media censorship system known as "The Great Firewall."
Their fury poured across social media on sites like Weibo — a Chinese microblogging site similar to Twitter — as well as in the comments section of the pop star's Instagram.
"Don't do anything with him please," pleaded on fan. "He just wanna [sic] China apart. He aren't the good guy who is helping the world be peaceful."
"You will be the 1.3 billion Chinese people's enemy. I was so disappointed," said another.
"You know nothing about Dalai," one user slammed. "Kindness? That's the biggest joke I've ever heard! He's a terrorist! You idiot! I loved your music but It's unacceptable. Next time, pls [sic] think before you do!!!"
While it's still unclear as to whether Gaga will be blacklisted by The People's Republic, if she does find herself on that list she'll at least be in good company: Artists like Bjork, Maroon 5, Oasis, Bob Dylan and Bon Jovi have all been banned from performing in the country.
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