Following his show of support for Tibet a few weeks ago, the actor Keanu Reeves who is famous for his role in the John Wick and Matrix franchises, has attracted the Chinese government's attention. He now faces the country's strict censorship.
In early January, reports emerged that Reeves was planning to take part in a concert intended to help the Tibetan people living in the United States. The event was being organized by a non-profit called the Tibet House which is linked to the Dalai Lama.
It is not clear who leaked the information for an event that took take place on March 3.
The Chinese government doesn't take lightly any matters to do with Tibet. The US government has often accused China of secretly hunting down Tibetans living in the country and other parts of the world.
There are several Tibetans spread across different parts of the US who often live in fear of being attacked or hunted by Chinese agents. The Tibet House has for many years helped and offered protection for Tibetans living in New York and other parts of the country.
The news about Reeves and his intention to participate in the concert came a few weeks after his latest movie “The Matrix: Resurrections” premiered in Chinese Theaters. This is despite the strict censorship that the Chinese government had placed on US titles as well as the current rising geopolitical tensions.
Reeves attended the virtual concert alongside Patti Smith, Cyndi Lauper, Laurie Anderson, and Iggy Pop.
Now, the Los Angeles Times is reporting that the Matrix series, Speed, Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, The Lake House, and more movies from the actor's back-catalog have been removed from streaming platforms such as Tencent Video, Youku, and Migu Video.