Chinese Official: Björk ‘Hurt Chinese People’s Feelings’
Posted on Mar 7, 2008
Pixieish provocateur Björk sparked the ire of Chinese officials by voicing her support for an independent Tibet at the close of her concert in Shanghai last Sunday. According to China’s Culture Ministry, the Icelandic chanteuse broke “Chinese law and hurt Chinese people’s feelings” by chanting “Tibet, Tibet” at the end of her protest song “Declare Independence” (which she’s frequently customized to suit other countries’ bids for independence). In her own statement, Björk said, “[T]his song was written more with the personal in mind but the fact that it has translated to its broadest meaning, the struggle of a suppressed nation, gives me much pleasure.”
Yahoo News UK & Ireland:
A spokesperson for the Chinese Culture Ministry has now confirmed they will not allow a repeat of her actions and will take similar precautions against other acts. “If Bjork continued to behave like that in the future, we may consider never allowing her to perform in China”, she explained.