On Sunday, Lady Gaga met with the Dalai Lama (spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism) to generally discuss humanity and how we can detoxify it. They covered the topics of mental health, materialism, education and the power of kindness in a cruel world. Basically, the two discussed the need for compassion and a less self-absorbed society.
All this seems nice and progressive and enlightening. Well, China didn’t think so. Since they have condemned the Dalai Lama, they don’t take too kindly to those who associate with him. Sorry, Lady G, that means you. China has now banned all her music in the country in the most ironic act of the weekend.
Let us give a brief and overly-simplified history. The Dalai Lama is from Tibet. Tibet has a very confusing nationality. China claims that Tibet is a valuable part of their nation, while the Tibetan government-in-exile claims Tibet is its own state under illegal occupation by China. See the confusion?
The Dalai Lama has been labelled by China as a separatist, and thus banned from the country. Except, the Dalai Lama has said that he is not advocating for separation, but for an acknowledgement of the unique culture of Tibet. That’s a nuance China doesn’t really care about. Lady Gaga, unfortunately is now banned by association.
Gaga isn’t the first artist to be banned from China because of a meeting with the Dalai Lama or for showing support for Tibet. Harrison Ford, Richard Gere, Martin Scorsese and Maroon 5 have all been banned for similar reasons.
You can watch the full Facebook Live conversation between Lady Gaga and the Dalai Lama here.
WATCH: That time the Dalai Lama took the stage at Glastonbury, calling for love, tolerance and forgiveness.