The singer has angered her legions of Chinese fans after meeting with Dalai Lama, Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader.
Thousands of Chinese Internet users flooded Lady Gaga’s Instagram account with angry comments after she posted photos of the meeting. Others voiced their outrage on Chinese social media.
One widely shared comment on Weibo — China’s equivalent of Twitter ead,
“It’s all over for Lady Gaga, a nation trumps an idol.”
Another Weibo user said:
“I used to like Lady Gaga so much, but not a fan anymore!”
The pop star and the Dalai Lama appeared together at a conference in the U.S. on Sunday to talk about the benefits of compassion.
Forced into exile after a failed uprising against Beijing’s rule in 1959, the Dalai Lama — a Nobel peace laureate — is despised by China’s Communist leadership as a separatist who is trying to split Tibet from China.
However, China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Hong Lei declined to comment on reports that Beijing had placed a ban on her music, which is hugely popular in China.