In a strange turn of events, Lady Gaga has been reportedly banned by China's Communist Party after she joined the Dalai Lama at the U.S. Conference of Mayors last week. According to Apple Daily, Hong Kong’s pro-democracy newspaper (via The Guardian), the Party’s propaganda department issued “an important instruction” that bans her entire body of work from mainland China.
They also state Chinese websites and media organizations were allegedly ordered to stop uploading and distributing the pop star's songs. The country considers the Dalai Lama to be a "separatist" who wants to divide the Himalayan region from China. He fled Tibet into exile in 1959, and claims he wants autonomy from the Chinese rule.
"There is a broad consensus internationally about what kind of person the Dalai Lama is and what he does internationally," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei told a regular briefing, according to Reuters. "After the relevant incident happened, if you look at comments on the Chinese Internet, their anger has welled up."
Bill Bishop, a writer for the Sinocism China Newsletter, said Lady Gaga "showed some courage" when deciding to meet with the Dalai Lama. But this isn't the first time she has been banned. In 2011, the singer was put on the blacklist over her "vulgar" music by the Chinese Ministry of Culture. That ban was lifted three years later.
Below, watch Fuse's throwback interview with Lady Gaga where she dives into her The Fame Monster fears: