Poker faces were in short supply after Lady Gaga met the Dalai Lama, with Chinese authorities banning the pop star’s entry into mainland, reported The Guardian.
The Telephone singer met with the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader at the US Conference of Mayors in Indiana to discuss meditation and yoga.
After Gaga posted a photo of the two of them on Instagram, the image was inundated with abusive comments. “The way the Chinese feel is just like you were shaking hands with Bin Laden,” one user wrote.
Chinese websites and media organisations have been ordered to stop uploading or distributing her songs in a sign of Beijing’s irritation.
Asked earlier by AFP if the meeting would lead to a ‘bad romance’ between Chinese authorities and the singer, foreign ministry spokesperson Hong Lei did not recognise the recording artist. The Dalai Lama was “touting his Tibetan independence policies around the world” he said, adding: “We hope people can see through to his true nature.”
During his speech at the conference, the Dalai Lama said, “Now, the time has come that America should be the leading nation in the promotion of human compassion, human love in order to achieve compassionate world. I think in my lifetime we can achieve that. But efforts must start now.”
Published in The Express Tribune, June 29th, 2016.