Chinese celebrities overseas may have trouble when they return home to China if they mix with Tibetans in exile. Tibet Sun reported on Feb. 26, 2016, Chinese celebrities have been warned not to mix with Tibetans in exile. Chinese celebrities have been sharply criticized by China’s state media for going to an event in northeastern India with members of the Tibetan government-in-exile.
China’s state media went on to warn that actors and singers from China must remember their obligation to at all times serve the people of China and socialism. In an article published on China Tibet Online and other Chinese state media it was stated that there was not anything wrong with Beijing singer and actress Faye Wong, Beijing actor Hu Jun, and Hong Kong actor Tony Leung attending Buddhist religious activities and worshiping Buddhism. However it also said that mixing with Tibetan-independence clique leaders was not acceptable and went way beyond considerations of freedom of religious belief.
The Washington Post has reported Western movie stars, directors and musicians have been denounced by Chinese authorities over the years for what seemed to be pro-Tibetan activism or comments. Performances in China by the American bands Bon Jovi and Maroon 5 were canceled in China last year apparently because they used a photograph of the Dalai Lama in a previous concert or they tweeted that they had the opportunity to have met with him.
Chinese President Xi Jinping warned in a speech which was made public last year in October that Chinese celebrities should not pursue commercial success instead of working in morally inspiring ways aimed at serving the people of China and socialism. In the aftermath of this speech many official media and entertainment organizations in China signed a pledge to uphold self-discipline and high professional ethics. They essentially all showed support for the leadership of the Communist Party. This situation for Chinese actors and singers is certainly dramatically different from that for Hollywood actors and singers where aspiring for personal commercial success is generally respected.