After Lady Gaga met with the Dalai Lama earlier this week and talked about kindness and compassion, multiple international publications reported that Lady Gaga and her music had been banned from China.
Foreign news sources like The Guardian have reported that the Chinese government has banned Lady Gaga on “all forms of media, including television channels, radio stations and music download websites.” The reports all seem to link back to one source: an article published by Taiwan’s Apple Daily.
The story has become such a global sensation that a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson was asked at a daily news briefing yesterday about the possibility of Lady Gaga having her future Chinese visa applications denied. The Glomar response to that question was: “If you visit Chinese websites and look at the comments left by Chinese netizens, you will see how angry they are about this meeting.”
Currently, checks made by Shanghaiist show that Lady Gaga’s songs can still be readily found on popular Chinese music platforms like QQ Music and Baidu Music — so not to worry Little Monsters. It’s unclear if this means that there is no ban on Gaga’s music or if the Chinese government is just slow in getting around to the implementation.
But it shouldn’t be too difficult for them to start as her music was banned for vulgarity back in 2011 and that ban continued until ARTPOP was okayed for sale in the mainland in 2014 — albeit with minor alterations to song titles and album artwork. “Sexxs Dreams” became “X Dreams” and her bare legs were given digital stockings.
If Lady Gaga is in fact banned from the mainland, she will be in illustrious company. Selena Gomez, Maroon 5, Bon Jovi, Linkin Park and Bjork are just some of the acts that have been similarly banned or have had their tours canceled in China because of their connections to His Holiness.
By Amy Yang