We all know that famous people do crazy stuff at times. While some celebrity behaviours gets laughed off, some of it leads to them being banned from entering certain countries. Here are some noteworthy folks who have been blacklisted from at least one country.
Justin Bieber (China)
Bieber’s past instances of “bad behavior” got him barred from China in July 2017. The Beijing Municipal Bureau of Culture wrote, “In order to maintain order in the Chinese market and purify the Chinese performance environment, it is not suitable to bring in badly behaved entertainers.” Oops, sorry Biebs.
Lady Gaga (China)
Bieber isn’t the only singer to fall out of favor with the Chinese government. Lady Gaga was blacklisted last year after meeting with the Dalai Lama. China reportedly purged Gaga’s music from streaming services and placed her on a list of hostile foreign forces.
Chris Brown (U.K., Australia)
This hip-hop star’s 2009 domestic violence conviction against then-girlfriend, Rihanna, got him banned from the U.K. in 2011 and from Australia in 2015. Today, Brown is reportedly still banned from both nations.
Brad Pitt (China)
Tibet is a sensitive issue in China and the government tends to condemn anyone who promotes sympathy toward the autonomous region or its leader, the Dalai Lama. Such was the case with Brad Pitt for his involvement in “Seven Years in Tibet.”
Even queens can be banned. Beyoncé postponed and eventually canceled a 2007 performance in Malaysia due to complaints from members of the Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party that her wardrobe and dance routine were too provocative.
Akon (Sri Lanka)
Sri Lanka banned Akon and David Guetta over the music video for their song, “Sexy Chick,” which caused violent protests in the nation’s capital. The majority-Buddhist nation didn’t like seeing scores of people drinking, partying and hooking up in front of a statue of the Buddha. Akon later apologized for the offense.
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