I don’t know if there’s a Chinese equivalent to “COME TO BRAZIL, QUEEN.” But if there is, it’s something that will be put on hiatus indefinitely. The Guardian is reporting that China allegedly considers Lady Gaga a “hostile foreign force” and has banned her.
Shortly after she met with the Dalai Lama at the US Conference of Mayors in Indianapolis on Sunday, China’s propaganda department issued an instruction banning everything Gaga from the country. They also demanded newspapers and state broadcasters condemn the kiki between Gaga and Lama. But that was after China’s Foreign Ministry realized who the Dalai Lama was meeting with. When asked by a reporter if China’s Foreign Ministry would give Gaga trouble for meeting with the Dalai Lama, a spokesperson pulled a Mariah Carey and said this:
China Foreign Ministry spokesman: who?
— Benjamin Haas 本雅明 (@haasbenjamin) June 27, 2016
I believe “Who?” is also the same response you’ll get if you bring up Gaga around Madonna.
The government of China labeled the Dalai Lama as a separatist when he avoided persecution by fleeing to India in 1959 after trying to uprise against Chinese rule. China is also not exactly crazy about people who are friends with him either. And that’s how Lady Gaga found herself on Beijing’s list of banned bitches.
This isn’t the first time Gaga has gotten in big trouble with China. Back in 2011, Gaga – along with Katy Perry and several Asian artists – were put on a ban list for being “vulgar.” Apparently meeting with the Dalai Lama is on par with bringing the nasty. Which is kind of ironic, because Lady Gaga totally looks like someone’s uptight aunt in that picture above. “Gracious me, is that a tube-style top? How positively vulgar.”
Gaga’s ban includes stuff like music and media (so no AHS: Hotel, I guess). However, as of Tuesday afternoon, it was still possible to download “Poker Face” and “Bad Romance” from Chinese music players. I have no idea how quickly those bans take effect or how sad the little monsters of China will be when they eventually do. I do, however, have a feeling that there’s definitely an LA Fitness employee who is listening to an extended remix of “Applause” for the 4,296th time that is strongly considering a move to China right now.