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China has determined that Lady Gaga is a true monster. For the second time in her career, the pop star has been banned by the communist country, this time for meeting with the Dalai Lama.
Gaga sat with the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader Sunday during the US Conference of Mayors in Indianapolis for a discussion on the need for kindness and compassion. Showing that they don’t know the meaning of the words, China’s propaganda department issued what’s being called “an important instruction” banning any mention of the “Poker Face” singer from party-controlled news outlets, as well as ordering her music taken down from Chinese websites.
According to The Guardian, Lady Gaga’s music was still available on Chinese streaming players like QQ Music and NetEase Cloud Music on Monday, though a story about her meeting with the Dalai Lama was removed from NetEase’s main website. State-run network CCTV and newspapers People’s Daily and Global Times were also instructed to write stories condemning the meeting.
Best yet, China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei was asked if he thought the meeting between Gaga and the Dalai Lama would “lead to a bad romance with China,” to which he responded, “Who?” But that entire exchange — simply because it mentioned Gaga, mind you — was stricken from the official press conference transcript.
This isn’t the first time China has shunned Lady Gaga. She was previously banned from the country after the release of 2011’s Born This Way, a restriction which was only lifted in 2014. And the country doesn’t have it out for only her, either; Selena Gomez, Björk, Bon Jovi, Maroon 5, and Oasis (because that’s necessary) are all currently on China’s shit list. Many of these acts have found themselves there after expressing support in one form or another for the Dalai Lama, a man China views as a dangerous separatist bent on launching a theocracy in the region of Tibet. The Dalai Lama, meanwhile, maintains that all he wants is autonomy from China.
Below, watch the conversation that so infuriated an entire country that a megastar’s entire existence was purged from public media. Gaga appears around the 1:00:00 mark, right after the Dalai Lama’s speech.
You can also check out a pre-panel interview Lady Gaga conducted with the Dalai Lama on her Facebook page.