Keanu Reeves fired by Chinese video platforms after concert in Tibet | Showbiz

Keanu Reeves attends a special screening of ‘John Wick’ in Los Angeles in 2014. – Reuters pic

BEIJING, March 25 – Chinese streaming platforms including Tencent Video and iQiyi IQ.O have removed films and video content featuring Canadian actor Keanu Reeves after he appeared in a Tibet-related concert organized by an organization nonprofit founded by the Dalai Lama.

Reuters checks showed his acclaimed works, the Matrix and John Wick franchises, as well as Speed, were among the films that were removed. Reuters could not determine when the films were removed.

the Los Angeles Timeswhich first reported the content removal on Thursday, said at least 19 of its movies were pulled from Tencent Video.

While content related to the Matrix movies and some of Reeves’ other work was still viewable on WeChat, China’s ubiquitous messaging service, searches for its English name and Chinese translation yielded no results.

iQiyi and Tencent Holdings 0700.HK, the parent company that owns Tencent Video and WeChat, did not immediately respond to requests for comment. A representative for Reeves was not immediately available for comment.

In late January, Reeves received heavy criticism from Chinese social media users, some of whom called for a boycott of his work in China, after it emerged he was planning to perform at a March 3 concert. by Tibet House US, a New York-based nonprofit founded at the request of the Dalai Lama, spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism.

Reeves took part in the concert, which was held virtually due to restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of Covid-19, drawing more criticism online.

Beijing has accused the Dalai Lama, exiled in neighboring India, of fomenting separatism in the Tibet region and instead recognizes the current Communist Party-appointed Panchen Lama as Tibet’s highest religious figure. .

China has ruled the remote western region since 1951, after its People’s Liberation Army intervened and took control in what it calls a “peaceful liberation”.

Other high-profile Western figures who have been blocked from social media and Chinese video platforms after making comments critical of China’s actions in Tibet include former NBA player Enes Kanter who played for era for the Boston Celtics. —Reuters

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