"It [US] is a country known for technological innovation. Your principles are freedom, democracy, and liberty, and these qualities are related to warm-heartedness, respect for others and a concern for others' well-being."
Lady Gaga has been banned from China yet again. She was banned for three years following the release of "Born This Way," in 2011. This time, she's in trouble for speaking with what China considers a dangerous separatist seeking independence for Tibet.
Dalai Lama is regarded as very dangerous by the Chinese Government. Hong Lei, a Chinese foreign ministry spokesman, explained on Monday his country's position in this quote from the Hollywood Reporter.
"We hope that people from the international community can be fully aware of his true colors and nature. The purpose of his visits and activities in other countries is just to promote his proposal for Tibetan independence."
"For China, the greatest religious threat it faces is the almost universal devotion felt by Tibetans for the Dalai Lama. His exile from Tibet remains one of Tibetans' deepest grievances under Chinese rule. Tibetan writers, singers, and protesters frequently call for his return – and are punished for it... His pictures and teachings are banned and Tibetans face harsh punishments for being found in possession of them. In January 2014 the Tibetan monk Thardhod Gyaltsen was sentenced to 18 years in prison after police found him storing pictures and recordings of the Dalai Lama during a raid on his monastery in 2013."
"She did not consider her Chinese fans!"
"Let's boycott Coach and all the other brands that she advertises."
The Dalai Lama's future remains uncertain, though the current one is living safely in India when he isn't traveling all over the world. His successor, however, is not so fortunate. A 15th spiritual leader had been selected, but Free Tibet alleges that in 1995 the Chinese government abducted the then-6-year-old boy who has not been seen since. They plan to place their own chosen substitute instead, but Tibet will never recognize any replacement, according to Free Tibet. Is this the extent to which China feels it must interfere with religion?
Lady Gaga's Chinese fans are disappointed but how could they expect Gaga to shun Dalai Lama, and choose the position of the Chinese government to stamp out Tibet's religious beliefs instead?
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