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Lady Gaga Banned from China… Again

By Julie Fink
Posted On Jun 30, 2016
Lady Gaga Banned from China… Again

So apparently, being friends with the Dalai Lama gets you in trouble these days – at least on the other side of the hemisphere. Lady Gaga has reportedly been added to a list of hostile foreign forces banned by China’s Communist party after she met with the Dalai Lama to discuss compassion.

The meeting took place at the 84th Annual United States Conference of Mayors on Sunday in Indianapolis. The Dalai Lama and Lady Gaga spoke at a forum on world issues, a discussion on mental health, yoga, meditation, and much more.

“Following the forum discussion, the Communist party’s mysterious propaganda department issued ‘an important instruction’ banning her entire repertoire from mainland China,” Hong Kong’s pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily reported on Monday.

From what I understand, the Dalai Lama (who is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989) is regarded by the Communist Party of China as a “separatist” for his efforts in campaigning for Tibet’s independence from China. And anyone who supports his efforts are condemned.

Lady Gaga isn’t the only one who has caught a whipping from China. Bon Jovi and Maroon 5 are among the many whose music was banned after brief encounters with the spiritual leader.

The international pop star has yet to comment on such events. However, I’d imagine she’ll bounce back just fine with this being the second time her music has been banned from China. In 2011, the authoritarian regime blacklisted Lady Gaga’s music, alongside Katy Perry, Madonna and others, for “poor taste and vulgar content” and were banned from the ears of the nation’s youth.

China’s war on free speech is real. They have a history of censoring songs with content that revolts against their unpopular political establishment. If only they had a Bill of Rights and the Constitution, with amendments afforded to their people like we do in the United States.

To this I say to you China… “Happy Fourth of July!”

Photo: Chris Bergin / Reuters