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Lady Gaga is making headlines once again, and this time she has been banned from China…yes BANNED! 

Gaga met with the Dalai Lama, an exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, last week at the at the US Conference of Mayors in Indianapolis.

According to The Guardian, the pair discussed a number of topics, including yoga, charitable giving and mental health.

The Poker Face singer, who has an insane following of 17.5 million on instagram, then shared an image of herself and the Buddhist Monk on Monday in a move which sparked outrage in Bejing. 

 

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The Dalai Lama, who seeks autonomy for his Tibetan homeland, was exiled in 1959 after a failed attempt at an uprising against Chinese rule. 

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Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei spoke about the Dalai Lama, and his meeting with Lady Gaga, saying "There is a broad consensus internationally about what kind of person the Dalai Lama is and what he does internationally."

Commenting on her meeting with the world famous Monk on Instagram, Gaga wrote ' We must stay unified. Be Kind not only to your friends, but to your enemies.'

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But it doesn't look like everyone is on the same page as the star.

"After the relevant incident happened, if you look at comments on the Chinese Internet, their anger has welled up," Hong Lei went on to say.

The social media backlash was evident, with one follower commenting on the picture saying 'You don't love your Chinese fans at all. Maybe you will lose all of them.'

'This old man is a cheater, he wanted to split China,GAGA don't trust him' another fan went on to say. 

Following her meeting with the religious leader, the Communist party in China announced that Lady Gaga was to be put on a blacklist, and her entire repertoire was to be banned from the Chinese mainland.

Seems a bit extreme lads? 

While Gaga has never played a gig in mainland China, she has a massive fan base there, and has played in Hong Kong and Macau. 

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Maroon 5 have some explaining to do after their recent Twitter mishap.

The group were due to play two dates in China this September, and over the weekend it was announced the gigs would no longer be going ahead. The rumoured reason? A tweet posted by Maroon 5 keyboardist Jesse Carmichael about partying with the Dalai Lama.

The musician tweeted on July 6 to say he had "sang happy birthday to his holiness," something which didn't go down to well with the band's Chinese fans, due to the country's tumultuous relationship with the Dalai Lama.

The Tibetan Buddhist monk was born in China but has lived in exile in India for the last 56 years.

No official explanation has been given for the cancellation of the two concerts in Beijing and Shanghai, but  the BBC reports that the (now-deleted) tweet not only angered fans but the authorities too. The reaction to the concert's cancellation has been mixed on the Chinese social network Weibo, a Twitter/Facebook style site that is huge among Chinese young adults and teens.

"Musicians should stick to music and do their thing. Why bother with politics?" one commenter wrote, according to reports from China. "Does attending a friend's birthday party equal agreeing with his political views?" wrote another.

Maroon 5 are not the only musicians to have been the subject of strife when it came to performing in China. Oasis were apparently forced to cancel dates in China after Noel Gallagher gave his support to a Free Tibet concert in New York, while Linkin Park were also banned from the country after being photographed with the Dalai Lama in Los Angeles.

Let's hope no other concerts on the lads' tour are affected.

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