China’s top streaming platforms censored roughly six minutes of content from HBO Max’s Friends: The Reunion during its Thursday debut. The excluded content includes pop stars Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber, gay fans, a shot of actor Matt LeBlanc in his underwear, and footage from the South Korean boy band BTS, which was previously accused of having “insulted” China.
While Friends is extremely popular in China, all three of the nation’s major streaming platforms — iQiyi, Alibaba’s Youku, and Tencent Video — had entirely cut appearances by Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, BTS, as well as other scenes, according to a report by Variety.
While some shared their dismay on social media, others expressed their support for the censorship, arguing anyone who has spoken ill of China should be banned.
Last October, BTS offended Chinese nationalists by omitting the s0-called sacrifices of Chinese soldiers in the Korean War in an acceptance speech for