I’ve been in China nearly a year, and every day I read BBC news as well as a number of other sites through Google News. Today I noticed a story about China cancelling an Oasis gig (this news is actually around 5 days old, but still, I wondered what the reason was for the cancellation).
To my suprise, I was greeted with the news that the Chinese government had cancelled their gig due to their ‘Free-Tibet’ ties. I thought this was a little extreme (since I doubt Noel and Liam could find Spain on a map, let alone Tibet). Reading on, the BBC detailed some more performers who had been refused entry or had controversial appearances, including Bjork:
“Last year, Icelandic star Bjork shouted “Free Tibet!” after a song about independence performed during a Shanghai concert, which went unreported in the state-controlled Chinese media. ”
Unreported? That’s weird…I’m sure I remember reading about it somewhere…Probably in local blogs…
没被报道吗? 很奇怪…我肯定在哪里读到过… 很可能是在当地的BLOG上…
Oh yeah, that’s right, it was in my local newspaper:
http://www.shanghaidaily.com (search ‘bjork’ 搜索‘bjork’)
…oh and in that other newspaper, the national one:
…and on this one:
…oh yeah and on that um website thingy..you know…the big state-controlled media one…
The last line of the Xinhua article is particularly unreported:
“It [China's Ministry of Culture] said it will tighten the scrutiny of foreign artistic groups coming for performance in China to prevent similar incidents from happening again.”
Thank liberty that the BBC is now on hand to break this news – almost on its anniversary!