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'Friends' reunion censored in China, cuts guest stars Lady Gaga, BTS, and Justin Bieber

Stars Insider

01/06/21 | StarsInsider

TV Censorship

The 'Friends' reunion was a hotly anticipated night in TV around the world, but not everyone got to see the same show.

In China, appearances by guest stars Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, and BTS were cut from different versions of the streamed show on three Chinese video platforms, Deadline reports. Since the censored clips varied, many believe those decisions were made at the platform level. But why? 

It turns out they're still holding grudges ever since Lady Gaga met with Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, since Justin Bieber posted a photo of the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo honoring Japan's war dead, and since BTS irked the government for not mentioning China's Korean War sacrifices. But that means fans didn't get to see Lady Gaga's 'Smelly Cat' duet with Lisa Kudrow, or BTS's nostalgic recollections of watching the show, or Bieber's appearance dressed as "Spudnik." 

But this is hardly the first popular show that's been censored around the world. Click through to find out more.

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