China apparently is not a fan of Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Katy Perry and other Western pop stars. The country’s Ministry of Culture has ordered music sites to remove material from the pop divas, along with the Backstreet Boys and others, according to The New York Times’ Arts Beat blog.
Officials reportedly posted a list of 100 songs that it demands be removed from Chinese websites by Sept. 15. The ministry has said the pop artists are threats to “cultural national security.”
The story reports: “Six songs from Lady Gaga’s most recent album are on the list: ‘The Edge of Glory,’ ‘Hair,’ ‘Marry the Night,’ ‘Americano,’ ‘Judas’ and ‘Bloody Mary.’ Beyonce’s ‘Run the World (Girls)’ has also been banned as well as Katy Perry’s ‘Last Friday Night,’ which deals with a three-way sexual encounter. Oddly, the list also includes ‘I Want It That Way,’ a Backstreet Boys song released more than a decade ago.
Artists from Taiwan and Hong Kong are also on the list. The Chinese government has long been known to screen imported entertainment material for political content, and reportedly became more sensitive about it after Bjork shouted “Tibet!” during a concert in Shanghai in 2008.