Being a celebrity means you’re known and adored worldwide…or does it? These random celeb country bans might you leave confused, like Beyonce who’s banned from Malaysia, here’s why.
Although she’s now banned in Malaysia, her Beyhive obviously is very much popular there as she was scheduled to perform a concert in Malaysia in 2007, but she was soon banned meaning she had to cancel it.
The ban reportedly came after concerns about the costumes she wears on stage. According to the BBC, “Female performers at Malaysian concerts are required by government rules to cover up from shoulders to knees, with no cleavage showing.” So, no Single Ladies leotard then?
Beyonce’s not alone in being banned from countries either, here’s five other celebs who are too:
Paris Hilton and Japan
In 2010, Paris was not only banned from Japan but actually denied entry at Narita international airport in Tokyo. Two days after she pled guilty to a drug charge in Vegas, Japan refused her entry due to their immigration laws on those convicted of drug offences.
The ban forced the socialite to cancel appearances in Malaysia, Jakarta and Indonesia too.
Brad Pitt and China
Hollywood actor Brad Pitt was once banned from China after he made Seven Years in Tiber, where he plays a character who befriends the Dalai Lama during China’s takeover of Tibet.
Portrayals of the Dalai Lama, who has fought for Tibet’s independence, in a positive way reportedly don’t bode well with China.
The ban wasn’t an official ban but more so a boycott, where Brad’s films weren’t shown in the country until 2016 when Allied came out as it was funded by a Chinese company.
Akon and Sri Lanka
Not only was Akon denied a visa by Sri Lanka, but people even protested the idea of him visiting. It’s reported that in 2010, hundreds of people stormed the head offices of the TV network who had sponsored an upcoming Akon concert in Sri Lanka.
Just like Beyonce’s ban from Malaysia, his upcoming concert was cancelled due to his ban.
People were upset that in the video to Sexy Bitch by Akon, women in bikinis are seen dancing around a statue of the Buddha, a highly religious figure. In turn, the country denied Akon a visa.
Katy Perry and China
In one of the more recent celebrity bannings, Katy Perry was banned from China in 2017. Sources told Page Six that Katy’s application for a Visa for the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in Shanghai had been rejected.
Similar to why Beyonce is banned from Malaysia, it’s Katy’s outfits that got her a ban. In 2015 she sported a sunflower dress and Taiwanese flag during a 2015 concert in Taipei, the capital of Taiwan. Taiwan have fought with China for years over their independence.
“She was initially granted a visa to perform at the VS show in Shanghai, then Chinese officials changed their minds and yanked her visa. For every artist who wants to perform in China, officials comb through their social-media and press reports to see if they have done anything deemed to be offensive to the country. Maroon 5 was banned a few years ago because one band member wished the Dalai Lama happy birthday on Twitter,” explained a source.
Martha Stewart and the UK
In what might be the most surprising of celebrity bans, 79-year-old lifestyle guru Martha Stewart is banned from the UK. Yes, you read that right.
In 2008, the Home Office denied Martha a visa for a business trip. It’s reported that it’s her previous criminal record that won her a ban from the English shores.
In 2004, Martha served five months in prison after lying to investigators during an investigation into whether she and her stockbroker had been involved in insider trading.