Lady Gaga is no longer welcome in China, NBC News reports. According to Apple Daily, a Hong Kong–based newspaper, she has been banned following her meeting with the Dalai Lama. In addition to her ban, Chinese media organizations were told to stop selling her music.
The “Applause” singer, 30, spoke with the Buddhist leader, 80, at the annual United States Conference of Mayors in Indianapolis on Sunday, June 26. They discussed the importance of kindness and how people can overcome personal struggles.
“How do you help young people address issues of poor self-esteem, managing eating disorders, addiction, self-harm and suicide?” Gaga asked at the time.
“Your mental attitude is [a] key factor,” he replied. “Your mental attitude is sound with self-confidence and foresightedness.”
Gaga and the Dalai Lama’s nearly 20-minute conversation was broadcast live on Facebook. On Monday, an Agence France-Presse correspondent asked China Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei if they thought Gaga’s appearance would drive a wedge between her and China.
“The purpose of [the Dalai Lama’s] visits and activities in other countries is just to promote his proposal for Tibetan independence,” Lei said, via The Associated Press. “We hope that people from the international community can be fully aware of his true colors and nature.”
Gaga has yet to comment on the ban. Since the weekend, the videos from the meeting that she’s shared on her Twitter and Facebook pages have garnered more than 3 million views.
Lady Gaga isn’t the only star that’s been banned from the country. According to CNN, Bon Jovi, Maroon 5 and Bjork have previously been blocked because of their supposed connections to the Dalai Lama.
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