Lady Gaga is again making headlines, but fortunately for the “Til It Happens to You” singer, she isn’t alienating any more fans with this latest achievement. Lady Gaga revealed that she has finally earned her driver’s license, something most people take for granted. Gaga shared the news on her social media accounts, just as she learned that showing support to the Dalai Lama earlier this week has resulted in losing her ability to perform on the Chinese mainland.
Lady Gaga Can Now Legally Drive Her Own Cars
American Horror Story star and musician, Lady Gaga, revealed to her Instagram followers that, after spending years learning how to drive, she now has a driver’s license of her very own, reports Vanity Fair. Sharing a picture of herself sitting in the driver’s seat, 30-year-old Gaga couldn’t have been more excited, except if the license had come with a Grammy.
“Thelma and Puhleaaaze (And yes I FINALLY got my license after years of driving w an adult present and a learners permit),” Ms. Gaga captioned the image. “I’M FREE. Rollin w the homies.”
It’s no secret that Lady Gaga has spent several years trying to master the art of driving, a task further complicated by the obtrusive nature of the Los Angeles paparazzi. In 2012, Lady Gaga took to Twitter to scold one such photographer for getting a little too close with his camera.
“Maybe while I’m learning to drive you don’t need to sneak up on me and stick your GIANT camera IN A MOVING VEHICLE,” tweeted the singer.
The final image of herself behind the wheel wasn’t the only image Gaga shared from the day’s adventure. One can hardly imagine the feelings of relief and gratitude Lady Gaga felt, after having finally earned her license. Fortunately for her fans, Ms. Gaga documented the whole process for her Instagram followers.
China Attempts To Wipe Lady Gaga Off The Face Of The Earth
It was predictable that the Chinese government would retaliate after witnessing Lady Gaga’s public support of the Dalai Lama, and now Tech Dirt reports that they are doing just that with new orders to eliminate as much of Gaga’s presence from the Chinese internet as possible. China’s Ministry of Propaganda and SARFT oversees the country’s media outlets and, as such, they have already issued orders that Lady Gaga songs are not to be played. Similarly, the edict wants most references to Lady Gaga’s meeting with the Dalai Lama stricken from the internet.
“[Media outlets] must resolutely struggle against Tibetan independence, and closely follow reports from CCTV, the Global Times, People’s Daily, and other reports and commentary from central media outlets,” explains the statement issued to withdraw support for Lady Gaga.
Many feel that the Chinese government is going overboard with its censorship of an American pop star over a public meeting, particularly when that meeting had nothing to do with the Chinese people, except in the broadest terms, and absolutely nothing to do with Chinese government policies. The bulk of the meeting between Lady Gaga and the Dalai Lama had to do with social issues, such as suicide, drug use, and mental illness.
In any case, China’s efforts to restrict access to music from Lady Gaga seems to be failing miserably.
“A search on QQ Music, one of China’s most popular music streaming sites, shows there’s still plenty of Lady Gaga music available,” reports Tech Dirt.
It seems likely that news of the censorship of Lady Gaga was not intended for public consumption and that it was a matter the government and their Ministry of Propaganda and SARFT had hoped to keep under wraps. As a result of the public embarrassment the entire incident has created, China may soon revise its policy over the treatment of Lady Gaga, or at the very least decline to enforce the edict.
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