Several of the “special guests” who appeared in the recent “Friends” reunion on May 27 were reportedly scrubbed from the Chinese version in the communist regime’s latest exhibition of ideological censorship.
Pop stars Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber and the K-pop group BTS were removed from different versions of the reunion episode when they were streamed on various Chinese platforms.
“Each missing cameo involved a star or group that had been a past target of Beijing’s ire, and fans suspected the show was stuck in censorship gear,” reported The New York Times.
Pop icon Lady Gaga was likely erased from the episode — in which she joined Phoebe to sing “Smelly Cat” — after sparking anger in Beijing after meeting with the Dalai Lama in 2016.
“Chinese fans have reacted with outrage to Lady Gaga’s meeting with the Dalai Lama over the weekend,” reported the BBC, adding, “Her social media posts about meeting with the Tibetan spiritual leader on Sunday have led to online