Bjork's Tibet Protest Offends The Chinese

Man, first it was Steven Spielberg over Darfur and now Bjork's going after the Chinese government over Tibet. It's hard out there for the largest holder of US debt. At least the Bush administration hasn't included them in the Axis of Evil. Of course, it would be hard to get another loan to finance another tax cut for the top 1% if you do that, isn't it?

icon Download icon Download (h/t Scarce)

Guardian UK:

Björk is under attack after shouting "Tibet! Tibet!" at the end of her song Declare Independence at a concert in Shanghai.

Her remark was not reported in official media, but led to criticism when it began to circulate on the web. While China's 58-year occupation of Tibet remains controversial abroad, most Chinese see Tibet as a part of their country and regard calls for its independence as intrusive and divisive.

One fan said it was "disrespectful" and "very selfish" to raise the issue while visiting China.

The Icelandic singer first dedicated Declare Independence to Greenland and the Faroe Islands, which still have formal links to Denmark, and the song's video shows her in clothing bearing their flags. She dedicated the song to Kosovo while performing in Japan last month.

Its lyrics include: "Don't let them do that to you. Raise your flag!"

Matt Whitticase, spokesman for the London-based Free Tibet Movement, said it was delighted by her remarks, contrasting them with Gordon Brown and David Miliband's "shameful" decision not to raise the issue publicly on their recent visits to Beijing.

It should be noted that Tibet's most famous exile, the Dalai Lama, has said that he supports China's right to host the Olympics.


We welcome relevant, respectful comments. Any comments that are sexist or in any other way deemed hateful by our staff will be deleted and constitute grounds for a ban from posting on the site. Please refer to our Terms of Service (revised 3/17/2016) for information on our posting policy.