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Movies starring Keanu Reeves have reportedly been pulled from several Chinese streaming platforms after he expressed support for Tibet, a politically sensitive region with a history of resistance to China’s central government.
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In January, the Hollywood actor sparked the ire of Chinese social media users when they learned that he would be participating in a virtual benefit concert for Tibet on March 3.
On March 14, the actor’s films were removed from major platforms, including Tencent Video, Youku and iQiyi, according to the Los Angeles Times. However, it remains unclear whether this was done because of a state-issued censorship directive or whether the platforms took independent action.
The films involved included some of Reeves’ biggest hits, such as “Speed,” “The Matrix” trilogy and “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure,” according to the LA Times.
When Insider searched for the actor’s name in Chinese on iQiyi, Tencent Video and Youku, no results were found. Reeves’ talent representative did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
The actor is the latest foreign celebrity to step on China’s toes for his support of Tibet.
Pop star Lady Gaga has been banned from performing in the country since 2016 after she met the Dalai Lama, the Tibetan spiritual leader considered a separatist by Beijing, for a 19-minute meeting. Actor Richard Gere’s films are also reportedly banned in China because of his close ties to the Dalai Lama.
Aside from the Tibet issue, Canadian pop star Justin Bieber was banned from performing in China in 2017 after posting a photo of himself visiting Japan’s Yasukuni Shrine. The act caused a stir as the shrine commemorates the Japanese war dead and is widely regarded in China and South Korea as a symbol of Japan’s lack of remorse for its wartime atrocities.
This post Keanu Reeves’ Movies Removed From China Streamers About Tibet: Report
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