- Lady Gaga received backlash from Chinese fans after posting photos of her with the 80-year old separatist, the Dalai Lama
- The pop star hosted an interview with the Dalai Lama at the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Indianapolis
- There are speculations that the artist would be banned from performing in mainland China because of the incident
The music icon appears to be in a 'Bad Romance' with her fans from China when she posted several photos of herself with the Dalai Lama on her Instagram account on Sunday.
Lady Gaga, along with a group of U.S. mayors, met the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader at the U.S. Conference of Mayors 84th Annual Meeting in Indianapolis. The pop star interviewed the Dalai Lama in a live Facebook video with questions coming from different walks of people online. They spoke about various topics which included generosity to the poor and mental health. This was subsequent to the Dalai Lama’s keynote speech – mainly focused on hope for the future – at the conference.
The artist received a barrage of hateful comments from Chinese fans after posting her photos with the Dalai Lama.
One person declared of unfollowing the singer, claiming that national interest should be above all idols. A poster simplified her feelings by comparing her photo to her shaking hands with Osama Bin Laden. Another asserted that the photo served as a proof on how she could love and respect a ‘Chinese terrorist,’ and how the artist has looked down on her Chinese fans.
The other comments were less polite and even went as far expressing their disappointment in cursing the ‘Born This Way’ singer.
The Dalai Lama has been in conflict with the Chinese government for so long. The 80-year old is considered as a dangerous separatist but insisted that he only wishes to advocate for greater autonomy for his remote homeland, Tibet, which has been ruled from Beijing since 1950.
The Chinese government has been pressing other countries on avoiding meeting up with the Dalai Lama. It was only recent when they expressed displeasure on U.S. President Barack Obama for entertaining the separatist earlier this month.
It could also be noted how Lady Gaga has been popular with many Chinese fans but has yet to hold a concern in their mainland, although she already performed in Hong Kong and Macau. This has led up to speculations that she might be banned on doing so after recent events.
Other artists as well, such as Selena Gomez, Bon Jovi, and Maroon 5 took a rain check on their tours in the country, reportedly due to their links to the Dalai Lama.-HB, Kami Media