China cancels Keanu Reeves over his support of Tibet

midian182

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In brief: If you're a China-based fan of Keanu Reeves, you'd be forgiven for thinking the Hollywood star has been erased from history, given that his work no longer appears on the country's largest streaming platforms—a result of his support for Tibet.

First reported by the Los Angeles Times, Reeves' catalog of movies, including the John Wick and Matrix franchises, has been removed from Chinese streaming platforms following his participation earlier this month in a benefit concert for Tibet House, a non-profit affiliated with the Dalai Lama.

Social media users had called for a boycott of Reeves after news of his support for the concert was reported in January, but The Matrix: Resurrections remained in the country's theaters and the March 3 date passed without any apparent action being taken against him.

Last Monday, however, streaming platforms including Tencent Video and iQiyi removed video content featuring the Canadian actor, and searching for his name in Chinese—Jinu Liweisi—brought no results. "Due to relevant laws, regulations and policies, some results are not shown," states iQiyi.

At least 19 of Reeves' movies were removed from Tencent Video, and only Toy Story 4 remained on others; the animation's voice cast lists only the Chinese dubbing artists, not Reeves' name. Whether the platforms were ordered to remove the items by regulators or acted of their own accord is unclear, as is why the streamers decided to delete the content now.

China rejects claims of Tibetan independence and recognizes the current Panchen Lama, put in place by the Communist Party, as the highest religious figure in Tibet, writes Reuters.

Reeves previously had a strong relationship with China. The Matrix Resurrections was the first Hollywood blockbuster to release in the country following a two-month drought, the result of unusually lengthy censorship approvals on US titles. His 2013 film Man of Tai Chi—was co-produced by both the US and China, and he has talked publicly about his "love" of his Chinese heritage.

Reeves isn't the first actor to face a backlash in China. In May last year, John Cena posted a 68-second apology video in Mandarin (badly, apparently) after referring to Taiwan as a country while on a promotional tour for F9. "I'm so, so sorry for my mistake. I'm sorry, I'm sorry, I'm very sorry. You have to understand I love and respect China and Chinese people. I'm sorry," said the Peacemaker star.

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Vulcanproject

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Will he care? I don't think Reeves is the kind of guy who will care. Cena is scraping around trying to stay commercially relevant to his pay masters in China. Reeves is one of the richest and most in demand actors in the rest of the world.

At worst studios are less keen on employing him should their movie be banned in China, and he reduces his work load accordingly. He's unlikely to be short of offers or cash regardless.
 

Xex360

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Why do ignorant actors talk about subjects outside their field of expertise. Just stick to acting.
Movies, sports entertainment in general should be apolitical.
 

dangh

Posts: 785   +1,325
Why do ignorant actors talk about subjects outside their field of expertise. Just stick to acting.
Movies, sports entertainment in general should be apolitical.
A person joins an event. "West Taiwan" is banning him because of a person doing something they don't like. Do you want to live in reality where you can't say a word because someone in another country feels 'offended' and in result your income is reduced?
Everyone should be able freely state their opinion, as long as this not leads to crime. Only people with room temperature IQ level could think that someone should not share his mind.
 

DSirius

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A person joins an event. "West Taiwan" is banning him because of a person doing something they don't like. Do you want to live in reality where you can't say a word because someone in another country feels 'offended' and in result your income is reduced?
Everyone should be able freely state their opinion, as long as this not leads to crime. Only people with room temperature IQ level could think that someone should not share his mind.
So, do u refer to Snowden? Or Assange?
 

McMurdeR

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There is this one country in which when you say something you're not supposed to you lose your job and get attacked on social media, basically, you get cancelled. Can't remember the name though...

Is that the one where you get arrested if you use the word "invasion" rather than "special military operation"?
 

RedBear

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I don't know about other people, but after the Space Conference cancelling Yuri Gagarin and the Cardiff Philharmonic Orchestra cancelling Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture I can't really say that I'm surprised at this development. Cancel culture is a global phenomenon now and the west is (not so) slowly descending to the level of so called autocratic dictatorships (without even admitting it).
 

tellmewhy

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If the Taiwan isn’t country then why the Taiwanese people don’t pay taxes to China?

Because then why not Singapore or Korea not be part of Japan or Vietnam or Malaysia too?
 

Aaron Fox

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If the Taiwan isn’t country then why the Taiwanese people don’t pay taxes to China?

Because then why not Singapore or Korea not be part of Japan or Vietnam or Malaysia too?
Ask the WTA because it consistently refers to the nation as 'Chinese Taipei'.