Keanu Reeves’ movies have reportedly been ‘pulled from China’s streaming platforms’ after the actor attended a benefit concert for Tibet earlier this month.
According to the Los Angeles Times, his content has been removed from sites such as iQiyi, Tencent Video, Bilibili, and Xigua Video.
This means films like Speed, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Something’s Gotta Give and The Matrix trilogy are no longer available for people to stream in the country.
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The publication claims that when streamers now try to search for the movies, it reads: “Sorry, no results related to ‘Keanu Reeves’ were found.”
It apparently also adds: “Due to relevant laws, regulations and policies, some results are not shown.”
The move comes after Reeves appeared at the 35th annual Tibet House Benefit Concert on March 3.
At the virtual concert, he was joined alongside stars such as Laurie Anderson, Patti Smith, and Iggy Pop. Reportedly, all proceeds from the benefit went to the Tibet House US.
Despite the star’s films being ‘pulled,’ The Matrix: Resurrections became the first blockbuster to premiere in China at the start of 2022.
After hearing of the country’s action, China Digital Times researcher, Alex Yu, reportedly told Los Angeles Times that it’s a ‘curious case’.
He explained: “We tend to think of the censorship machine in China as this really coordinated monster, but the fact that we’re seeing these conflicting signals [between the online and theatrical markets] suggests that some of these measures come from different places.”
Over the years, China has reportedly blacklisted many high-profile figures for showing their support to either Dalai Lama – its former head of state – or Tibet.
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