American Pop Star Lady Gaga and her entire repertoire has reportedly been banned by China’s Communist party after her meeting with Tibetan spiritual leader, Dalai Lama.
This adds Gaga to a list of hostile foreign forces banned by China’s Communist party whose mysterious propaganda department issued “an important instruction” banning her entire repertoire from mainland China.
Lady Gaga met the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader on Sunday before a conference in Indianapolis, in which the pair pondered issues such as meditation, mental health and how to detoxify humanity.
The singer posted a 19-minute video of her encounter with Dalai Lama on her Facebook account which sparked an angry reaction from Beijing.
But China’s rulers consider the spiritual leader a separatist who they claim is conspiring to split the Himalayan region from China in order to establish theocratic rule there.
Dalai Lama, who fled into exile in March 1959, however insists he is merely seeking greater autonomy from Chinese rule for Tibetans.
A spokesperson for China’s foreign ministry condemned Dalai Lama’s global campaigning, saying the purpose of his visits and activities in other countries is just to promote his proposal for Tibetan independence.
He further adds that it is hoped people from the international community can be fully aware of his true colours and nature.
As a sign of Beijing’s irritation, Chinese websites and media organisations were ordered to stop uploading or distributing Lady Gaga’s songs. The propaganda department also issued orders for party-controlled news outlets to condemn the meeting.
China has previously banned artists and groups such as Maroon 5, Bjork and Oasis from performing in the country after they met with the Dalai Lama or spoke out in favour of him or Tibetan independence.
30-year-old Lady Gaga, who has sold more than 27m albums has had her career survive previous bans in China. She is however yet to respond to China’s reported ban of her work.