Pop music fans, especially Little Monsters, took a beating this week when Lady Gaga was banned (again) from entering China and had her music scrapped by radio stations in the country. Apparently Lady Gaga isn’t the only pop star China doesn’t like.
Following the release of Born This Way, the Republic of China blacklisted many of Lady Gaga’s songs and banned her from performing in the country. The ban was lifted after three years, just in time for ARTPOP’s release. However, following her live conversation with the Dalai Lama on Sunday, Gaga was banned again. Retailers were even asked to stop selling her music. China’s grudge against the Tibet’s spiritual leader began in 1959 when he fled to India after a failed Tibetan rebellion. The Chinese government fears the Dalai Lama is still working towards Tibet’s independence and using celebrity influence to achieve his goals.
The “Good For You” singer was also banned from China solely for being a proud supporter of the Dalai Lama. When this photo surfaced in April (two years after it was taken), the country banned Selena Gomez, forcing her to cancel already scheduled tour dates.
Poor Miley Cyrus never had the chance to come in like a wrecking ball. During her time as Hannah Montana, a photo surfaced online of Miley forcing her eyes to look slanted, supposedly mocking Asians. The Chinese government responded by banning the artist permanently, adding “Miss Cyrus has made it clear she is no friend of China or anyone of East Asian descent. We have no interest in further polluting our children’s minds with her American ignorance.”
Katy Perry’s not been banned from China… yet. In 2011, the government blacklisted some of her songs for “poor taste and inappropriate content.” A warning was sent to all music websites in the country to remove the songs by a specific date to avoid punishment. The warning also included banned music from Britney Spears, Backstreet Boys, and Beyoncé among others.
This one is simple: Jay Z was banned from performing in China for the vulgarity in his lyrics. Sorry, Jay!
Other entertainers banned from China include Brad Pitt, Bob Dylan, Björk, and more.