Date
29 March 2017
The Dalai Lama shares tips on inner peace with Lady Gaga. The meeting has sparked a firestorm on Chinese social media, with many speculating about a potential ban of the singer in China. Photo: AP
The Dalai Lama shares tips on inner peace with Lady Gaga. The meeting has sparked a firestorm on Chinese social media, with many speculating about a potential ban of the singer in China. Photo: AP

Lady Gaga-Dalai Lama meeting angers Chinese fans

Lady Gaga is riling up her Chinese fans after meeting with the Dalai Lama.

BBC News is reporting that Gaga could face a ban in China after her social media posts about her meeting with Tibet’s spiritual leader on Sunday sparked a firestorm from her followers in the mainland.

She is one of the most popular western musicians in China.

But Lady Gaga outraged her fan base by showing her support for the Dalai Lama, who is regarded by China as a figurehead for Tibetan separatism.

That is despite the Dalai Lama’s recent comments that he now advocates a “middle way” with China, seeking autonomy but not independence for Tibet.

Lady Gaga’s popularity in mainland China means that she is often a major talking point for entertainment and mainstream media there, according to the BBC.

The media hardly noticed her June 26 meeting with the Dailai Lama until she posted it on social media.

Some Weibo users have had their posts censored for sharing pictures of the singer’s Instagram post.

But fans have been determined to talk about it.

More than 2,000 users have reacted to one prominent user MusicWars’s post about the story, calling for “rational views on the matter”.

Many have been quick to condemn Lady Gaga, asking whether she is “stupid” or “ignorant” on the subject of Chinese political sensitivity.

“She has not considered Chinese fans,” says -GeorgeLee-, drawing more than 1,000 likes.

DIZzyF says “she has given up on the Chinese market” and Svaniscono7 accuses her of causing controversy to stay relevant in a waning market.

“The political depths this turtle will go to, to stay ashore,” she says.

Yet lotusb defends her, saying “she should not be ashamed” and adding that some of her fans had “gone over the Chinese firewall” to find out why she met the Dalai Lama, and then tried to “painstakingly explain her reasons to other Chinese fans”.

“We should respect all of her choices,” he added. His comment received over 400 likes. 

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