Films starring Keanu Reeves have been removed from various streaming websites and platforms, following the actor’s open support for Tibet. Almost 20 films featuring the actor have been scrubbed from Tencent Video, as the Canadian movie-star became a part of a concert for Tibet House, which is a non-profit organization associated with the Dalai Lama, according to the Los Angeles Times report. Reeves’ involvement in the concert is becoming a controversial issue, as China views the Dalai Lama as a “separatist” and they disregard Tibet’s demand for independence.
News of Keanu Reeves’ planned participation in the concert on March 3, actually came out in January, following the release of his new film “The Matrix: Resurrections.” This movie was the first blockbuster to emerge in Chinese cinemas in more than 2 months because of China’s tough censorship measures. The film stayed in the cinemas, however the Chinese nationalists pledged to boycott the film.
Last Monday, many Chinese streaming services, like Bilibili and Xigua Video, removed Reeves’ movies from their platforms, even the animation film “Toy Story 4” which only featured Reeves’ voice, was also pulled off from platforms like Migu Video and Youku. Although the film, “Toy Story 4,” remained on other video streaming mediums, but the credits were changed to only show the Chinese dubbing cast member, with no mention of Keanu Reeves.
Reeves’ movies like Speed, The Lake House, The Matrix Trilogy, became the victim and were removed due to censorship. According to reports, when searching for Reeves’ films, the streaming platform iQiyi gave a message that “no results found.” The message on the website also said that “some results may not show because of relevant regulations and laws.”
A researcher from the US-based China Digital Times Alex Yu said that it is not clear whether the streaming services are acting on their own, or the Chinese regulatory agencies ordered them to do so. Apart from Reeves, many other celebrities like Selena Gomez, Lady Gaga and Richard Gere, have also experienced the consequences from China because of their supportive views for Tibet.