Of All the People to Ban For Political Reasons, China Reportedly Chose Selena Gomez
There have been a few rumors trickling down my Twitter timeline over the past day that seem to indicate that the reason Selena Gomez quietly pulled her Guangzhou and Shanghai tour dates from her website had something to do with the Chinese government.
It appears that the problem is this photo:
Due to this image of her & the Dalai Llama. Selena Gomez has been BANNED from China. Her shows there are cancelled. pic.twitter.com/HKE70fIRxS
— Shady Music Facts (@musicnews_shade) April 18, 2016
It shows Gomez with the Dalai Lama while in Vancouver two years ago to host We Day, which is a youth empowerment project that takes places in cities around the world.
The claims are currently unsubstantiated by the Chinese government and Gomez’s team, but this would not be the first time that someone has been banned from China for associating with the Dalai Lama. Maroon 5 and Bon Jovi suffered similar fates and had their concerts in the country canceled after publicly acknowledging the Buddhist leader. Further, Gomez is no stranger to igniting tempers over her interactions with people of different religions.
This follows a spate of concert cancelations in North Carolina as artists protest the local government’s new “anti-trans” bill. In both cases, the priorities of the government are preventing fans of various artists from attending live performances.
For what it’s worth, I combed Gomez’s Instagram and couldn’t find the allegedly offending picture anymore even though there are still a number of her appearing in Vancouver in October of 2014.
[image via screengrab]
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