Tibet Shoutout Spurs Crackdown

Cry supporting independence prompts threat of censorship
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 7, 2008 4:45 PM CST
Pop singer Bjork, of Iceland, performs at her solo concert in Shanghai Sunday, March 2, 2008. Icelandic singer Bjork has ignited criticism from Chinese fans after she declared "Tibet! Tibet!" to end a...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Beijing says it will toughen restrictions on visiting artists performing in China in response to Bjork's onstage expression of support for Tibetan independence, the London Times reports. “We shall never tolerate any attempt to separate Tibet from China and will no longer welcome any artists who deliberately do this,” said a Culture Ministry statement.

The Icelandic fashion icon ended the song “Declare Independence” with a shout of “Tibet, Tibet” during her concert Sunday in Shanghai. Chinese fans expressed their anger on internet message boards: “Isn’t Tibet ours? Mind your own business,” said one posting. “I like Bjork,” said another. "But for her to do this is disrespectful to fans here."