The Grammys want to bring nominated artists to do a tour in China! And they’re willing to throw under the bus any artist that might have viewpoints the Chinese Communist Party may consider controversial.
The President and chief executive of the Recording Academy that runs the Grammys Neil Portnow told Reuters, “If there are restrictions and things in that nature, we have to be respectful.”
Think about that for a moment. If you’re a musician, and you want to go to the Grammys, you have to make sure you watch every word or Tweet that involves anything dealing with China.
The Chinese regime recently banned Justin Bieber for undisclosed “bad behavior.” But before you start thinking the Chinese Communist Party may be on to something, here’s a short list of a few other artists who probably will not be invited to any Chinese Grammy tour.
She shouted “Tibet, Tibet” during a performance of her song Declare Independence while on tour in Shanghai.
Lead singer Adam Levine wished the Dalai Lama happy birthday, and then his China tour got suddenly canceled.
Bon Jovi’s China tour in 2015 was mysteriously canceled, most likely because of a performance five years earlier that used a picture of the Dalai Lama in a video backdrop.
A similar thing is happening in Hollywood. For example, Brad Pitt is having a notoriously difficult time getting his movies shown in China. Can’t imagine why.