Chinese streaming platforms have reportedly pulled several Keanu Reeves films from their sites after he attended the annual Tibet House benefit concert earlier this month.
The 57-year-old actor attended the virtual concert on March 3 along with Laurie Anderson, Patti Smith, Cyndi Lauper and Iggy Pop.
Soon after, Chinese nationalists took to social media to protest his attendance.
The status of Tibet has been the subject of decades of dispute. While Beijing claims Tibet is an inalienable part of China, Tibetans say their country has historically been independent.
In the past, China has blacklisted many celebrities who have expressed support for Tibet or its former leader, the Dalai Lama. The Dalai Lama has lived in exile in India since 1959, following China’s annexation of Tibet in 1950.
At least 19 of Reeve’s films were removed from major Chinese streaming platforms including Tencent Video and Youku last week, the authorities said Los Angeles Times.
Some of the deleted movies include The Matrix, the Lake House, something’s gotta give and Speed. So far it is unclear who ordered the deletion.
The Independent has reached out to representatives from Reeves, Tencent Video, and Youku for comment.
In 2016, China banned Lady Gaga after meeting with the Dalai Lama to discuss yoga.
At the time, the singer released a 20-minute video of herself with the Dalai Lama, in which she asked the leader a series of questions from viewers.
Soon after, Weibo users began condemning the singer, with some saying, “Lady Gaga, you’re never coming back to China.”
At the time, Instagram featured a mix of comments and debates about Chinese and Tibetan politics. One user wrote: “You make your Chinese fans disappointed and upset,” while another said: “Meet him [the Dalai Lama] is harmful to most Chinese”.
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/news/keanu-reeves-movies-removed-china-tibet-b2043738.html Keanu Reeves’ films have reportedly been removed from Chinese streaming platforms over his support for Tibet