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Lady Gaga is reportedly now banned from China following her meeting with the Dalai Lama. The pair got together on Sunday at the United States Conference of Mayors and posted a livestream discussion on Facebook about metal health, yoga, meditation, and the world. The 20-minute video has been viewed over 3.4 million times on Lady Gaga’s Facebook page.
China and the Dalai Lama have long had conflicting relations. The spiritual leader fled into exile in March 1959 because of his interest in seeking greater autonomy from China for Tibetans. However, China’s Communist party claim that the Dalai Lama is a “separatist who….is considering to split the Himalayan region from China in order to establish theocratic rule there.”
In any case, Chinese websites and media organizations have been ordered to stop distributing Lady Gaga’s music and news outlets were told to condemn the Dalai Lama meeting.
Lady Gaga joins the list of other banned artists in China, including Maroon 5, Bjork, and Oasis.
Source: The Guardian