China Cracks Down On Artistic Freedom
Published Jul 18, 2008For artists hoping to take their sounds over to the political powerhouse known as China, the rules just got a whole lot stricter. Today, the Chinese government announced in a statement posted on its website that it will ban all entertainers from overseas, Taiwan and Hong Kong who have ever been involved in activities that "threaten national sovereignty."
The announcement follows Björks recent pro-Tibet outburst where she shouted "Tibet! Tibet!" at a Shanghai concert during her song "Declare Independence."
"Any artistic group or individual who have ever engaged in activities which threaten our national sovereignty will not be allowed in," the Ministry of Culture said in the online statement.
The new rules also state that any artists who "threaten national unity," "whip up ethnic hatred," "violate religious policy or cultural norms" or "advocate obscenity or feudalism and superstition" will also be banned from the country.
Topping it off, the government also said that from now on it must approve all encores. "Nothing that has not been approved will be allowed to be performed," the statement added.
After Björks Tibet incident she said, "Songs like 'Declare Independence' for me are about humanity. I stand by what I said."
There was no mention in the statement as to whether the blatant display of sexuality by Woodhands Dan Werb in China had anything to do with the governments decision.