A new report claims Lady Gaga’s music has been banned in China after she met with Tibetan leader the Dalai Lama over the weekend.
Lady Gaga has been banned from visiting China, with her name blacklisted on a list of hostile foreign forces. It’s believed that this will include all broadcasting and selling of her music and video content throughout the communist nation.
The move comes after the singer met with His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama, at the US Conference of Mayors in Indianapolis over the weekend for a talk called ‘The Global Significance of Building Compassionate Cities: Kindness Makes it Happen’ but the meeting is said to have angered officials in China.
Hong Kong’s pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily reported that the propaganda department of China’s Communist party has now issued “an important instruction” banning her music in the country. According to the publication, Chinese websites and media organisations were ordered to stop uploading or distributing her songs in a sign of Beijing’s irritation.
Although China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei refused to comment on the claims, he said:
“The purpose of [the Dalai Lama’s] visits and activities in other countries is just to promote his proposal for Tibetan independence. We hope that people from the international community can be fully aware of his true colours and nature.”
Gaga shared a picture of herself and the Dalai Lama on her social media pages after the meeting and wrote: “Thank you for this special day. Science tells us kindness improves health, let’s take care of the body of our nation.”
She conducted an interview with him, based on questions chosen from social media, with the entire chat streamed on Facebook Live.
During the talk, Gaga also spoke about the need to combat evil in the world with kindness and by educating and helping young people.
“As we’re busy trying to figure out which group is causing the problem, evil is winning…we have to change the perspective.
“We need to educate them. You have the power to be kind to them.”
You can watch her entire catch up with the Dalai Lama here.