Gaga bashed for Dalai Lama talk

By Shan Jie Source:Global Times Published: 2016/6/29 1:13:00

Chinese Net users boycott brands endorsed by singer

US pop singer Lady Gaga's meeting with the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama has infuriated many Chinese Net users, who criticized her for not respecting China and vowed to boycott brands endorsed by her.

Lady Gaga, who has sold more than 27 million albums worldwide, met the 14th Dalai Lama on Sunday before a conference in the US city of Indianapolis.

A video of Gaga's talk with the Dalai Lama on her Facebook account and pictures on Instagram prompted outrage from Chinese netizens.

Comments critical of the singer have been splashed across Chinese social media since Sunday, and the hashtag "No idols before the motherland" had garnered over 5 million page views on Sina Weibo as of press time.

"Her respect and appreciation for the Dalai Lama, who is a terrorist and an enemy of the Chinese people, shows that she does not respect the Chinese people," SinaWeibo user Chen Zunni said.

"I believe that she understood what it means to meet the Dalai Lama. Many fans told her not to meet him when she posted her schedule on Instagram… I'm really disappointed," said another user.

Many vowed to boycott brands endorsed by Gaga, including Versace and Coach.

"Most celebrities would have known that the Dalai Lama is a separatist. They have tried to utilize his identity to build their reputations," Xiong Kunxin, an ethnic studies professor at Beijing's Minzu University of China, told the Global Times on Tuesday, adding that the Dalai Lama visited the US to promote "Tibetan independence."

China reminded the US to maintain their bilateral relationship and urged it to refrain from interfering in China's internal affairs on June 16 after US President Barack Obama held a closed-door meeting with the 14th Dalai Lama at the White House, the Xinhua News Agency reported.

Hong Kong media reported Monday that China's media watchdogs have ordered all media and websites in the Chinese mainland to stop broadcasting and uploading Lady Gaga's works. However, the Global Times has learned that her songs and videos are still available online.

Other overseas celebrities have drawn the ire of Chinese citizens by establishing "close contact" with the Dalai Lama.

US rock band Bon Jovi cancelled concerts in Shanghai and Beijing in September 2015 over its use of an image of the Dalai Lama as a backdrop during a performance in Taiwan in 2010, the Financial Times reported.

American band Maroon 5 cancelled performances in Shanghai and Beijing in July 2015 after band member Jesse Carmichael tweeted birthday wishes to the Dalai Lama, The Guardian reported.

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