More celebrities are banned from China than any other country. The number one reason: Tibet. Celebrities have spoken and acted in favor of Tibet, and China has banned them.
Included in the list of banned celebrities:
Brad Pitt, Richard Gere, Harrison Ford, Sharon Stone, Martin Scorsese, Bjork, Oasis, and Bob Dylan.
– Brad Pitt, banned for the film Seven Years in Tibet, which is a film considered sympathetic to the Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, who is considered a terrorist criminal by China.
– Richard Gere, banned for advocating human rights in Tibet (he was also banned from the Academy Awards in 1993 for denouncing China over Tibet).
– Harrison Ford, banned for speaking in support of Tibet at the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
– Sharon Stone, for quipping that a 2008 earthquake in China may have resulted from karma over China’s occupation of Tibet.
– Martin Scorsese, for directing Kundun, a film about the early life of the Dalai Lama and the 1950 invasion of Tibet by China.
– Bjork, for calling for Tibetan independence during a Shanghai performance, and chanting, “Tibet! Tibet!”
– Oasis, for participating at a concert staged to raise awareness about China’s occupation of Tibet, the Tibetan Freedom Concert.
– Bob Dylan, because, according to news reports, the Chinese government became wary of foreign performers after Bjork’s call for Tibet at her Shanghai performance.
NOTE: Miley Cyrus was also banned from China, but not for voicing concern about Tibet. She was banned after photos were leaked of her making facial expressions considered by some to be racist against East Asians.
Some other things banned in China: Facebook, Instagram, Yahoo, Bing and Google and all products like Gmail, Maps, Docs, Encrypted, APIs, G+, YouTube, Yahoo, Vimeo, Wikipedia, Twitter, Blogspot, WordPress, Dailymotion, SoundCloud, Nico Video, Archive.org, Dropbox, Flickr, and Badoo.
News sites like the New York Times, BBC, Bloomberg, The Independent, several Japanese newspapers, Epoch Times and several Chinese language newspapers, Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation, Radio Australia, Tibet Post, Reporters Without Borders, and… Amnesty International.
Words like Falun Gong, Tibet Independence, Xinjiang Independence, Taiwan Independence, Dalai, Dalai Lama, Chinese Democracy Justice Party, Tiananmen Mothers, and the names of dissidents have been/are banned in Chinese search engines (the only search engines allowed in China).
Similarly banned are the words democracy, human rights, dictatorship, despotism, anti-communist, genocide, oppression, Red Terror, Reeducation through labor, evil, exile, Sino-Russian border, Tiannenmen Square Massacre and Chinese Democracy Movement, Dongzhou protests of 2005, and Beijing Wenshou Market.
All these celebrities and musicians are this strongly opposed to China’s occupation of Tibet, and many others (Google the list of musicians who took to the stage just for the Tibetan Freedom Concert), yet no world leaders ever speak about Tibet. Why is this?
Comments: For example, the phrase “Tibetan freedom movements, asking for human rights and democracy, are punished under the same oppression as those who speak of Taiwanese freedom, Xinjiang freedom or Falun Gong religious adherents who wish to practice on the site of the Tiannenmen Square Massacre,” might look like this:
“XXXXXX XXXXXX XXXXXX, asking for XXXXXX XXXXX and XXXXXXXXXX, are punished under the same XXXXXXXX as those who speak of XXXXXXXX XXXXXXX, XXXXXXXX XXXXXXX or XXXXX XXXX religious adherents who wish to practice on the site of the XXXXXXXXX XXXXXX XXXXXXXX.” (8 banned words used)