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‘Friends’ Reunion Is Censored in China, Cutting BTS and Lady Gaga

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In China, the reunion episode of “Friends” was all about grudges.The problem wasn’t “Friends,” but the friends of “Friends.”Appearances by Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber and the K-pop group BTS were dropped from different versions of the much-anticipated special when they streamed on Thursday on three Chinese video platforms.Each missing cameo involved a star or group that had been a past target of Beijing’s ire, and fans suspected the show was stuck in censorship gear.Lady Gaga has been verboten in China since she met with the Dalai Lama, the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, in 2016. Justin …

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