No matter how famous a celebrity gets, it’s impossible to make everyone love them.
Some of the most well-known actors, musicians, and prominent names have, at times inadvertently, upset various countries around the world.
Find out which celebrities were banned for their work, and which celebrities were the perpetrators of scandals! Either way, you might be surprised to discover which 25 famous people aren’t allowed to set foot in certain countries.
Lady Gaga is no longer allowed in Indonesia.
In 2012, the performer was banned from Indonesia, whose Muslim-majority didn’t approve of the revealing outfits she wore.
Sacha Baron Cohen’s banning from Kazakstan isn’t very surprising.
After his depiction of the country in Borat, the actor was banned from Kazakstan. The government apparently later saw the humor and decided to lift the ban.
Miley Cyrus was banned from China and the Dominican Republic.
After a photo leaked of Cyrus purposely slanting her eyes in an offensive way, she was banned from China in 2009. Later in 2014, the singer was also banned from the Dominican Republic.
One of Brad Pitt’s films got him in hot water with China.
After Pitt’s film Seven Years in Tibet, and its portrayal of the 14th Dalai Lama in a positive light (along with communist officers depicted negatively), officials banned him from the country.
Snoop Dogg’s drug use got him a ban from Norway.
When marijuana was found in Snoop Dogg’s possession at the airport, he was banned from Norway for two years.
One country went so far as to ban the Queen of the Beyhive! Keep reading to find out why…
Queen Bey herself was banned from Malaysia.
The country’s strict Muslim governing authorities banned Beyonce from entering the country. No tour stops for Malaysia!
Meanwhile, her husband has been banned from China.
Jay-Z’s lyrics were deemed too “vulgar” for Chinese audiences, and he was banned from the country.
The Philippines have an almost decade-long grudge against Alec Baldwin.
In 2009, Baldwin made an offensive joke about sex trafficking in the Philippines. He apologized, but the damage was done; the actor was banned from the country.
Martha Stewart’s visa was denied in the U.K.
After her 2004 felony charges, Martha Stewart was turned away from the U.K. in 2008—she’d planned to speak at the Royal Academy there.
Martin Scorsese’s work has also touched on the Dalai Lama, which China didn’t appreciate.
After Scorsese’s film Kundun, which offers a sympathetic view of the Dalai Lama’s early life, China banned the director from their country.
Even Canada, the friendliest of countries, draws a line somewhere. Find out where on the next page!
When Chris Brown’s abuse became public, he was the recipient of backlash from multiple countries.
After he assaulted Rihanna, his girlfriend at the time, Brown was subsequently given a temporary ban from the U.K., Canada, and Australia. His bans in Australia and the U.K. still stand.
50 Cent has been denied entrance to Canada.
Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson was barred from Canada due to his criminal record and the lyrics in his music. Canadian officials were concerned the rapper’s songs promoted violence.
Paris Hilton was turned away from Japan.
After the heiress pled guilty to a misdemeanor drug charge in Las Vegas, Paris Hilton was refused entry to Japan when she traveled there to promote her fragrance.
Russell Brand has a ban from both Canada and Japan.
Due to prior drug trafficking charges, the comedian is banned from both countries.
One of Akon’s music videos incited riot in Sri Lanka.
Akon’s “Sexy Chick” music video featured a statue of Buddha being defiled at a pool party. The resulting outrage from Sri Lanka resulted in a ban for Akon.
Next up: the Beatles weren’t technically banned from this country, but they were forced out and never returned. Find out where!
The Beatles and the Philippines had a major misunderstanding.
On a visit to the Philippines, a mix-up occurred where the Beatles snubbed a breakfast reception with the President and his wife. Public outrage drove them out of the country—they were even mobbed while boarding their plane—and the Beatles resolved never to return.
And they aren’t the only world-famous rock band who ran into trouble abroad.
The Rolling Stones were banned from Japan due to drug charges.
Yet another actor has been banned from China based on the subject of Tibet.
Harrison Ford, who had criticized China’s treatment of Tibet, was also banned from China.
In the case of Bjork, her pro-Tibet stance was taken to another level.
Bjork was also banned from China for criticizing their treatment of Tibet. While performing a concert in Shanghai, she actually started shouting about Tibet during the show!
Busta Rhymes is not welcome in the U.K.
He was banned from the U.K. for weapons and assault charges he’d gotten back in the U.S.
Coming up on the next page, find out which world leader was banned from America for an insanely long time!
Russia disagreed with Selena Gomez on a hot-button issue.
Russia denied Selena Gomez a visa due to her support of gay rights. She’d been set to perform at St. Petersburg’s Ice Palace before the government turned down her via application, apparently for fear that she’d speak out at her concert about the issue.
Nelson Mandela was banned from the U.S.
The ban was lifted in 2008, but during South Africa’s apartheid, when Mandela was officially classified as a terrorist, America banned him from the country.
Elton John was considered a danger to Egypt.
The singer was set to perform a private concert in Egypt when officials moved to stop him. His being gay, his support for gay rights, and his criticism of religion were all factors in the ban.
Kesha was also stopped from performing in Malaysia.
The pop star had been set to perform in the country before she was stopped by the government. Her show, like Beyonce’s, apparently didn’t align with Malaysia’s values.
Justin Bieber angered Argentina’s government a couple of times.
In 2013, Bieber was accused of disrespecting the country’s flag in a concert. Then, in 2015, the singer allegedly assaulted a photographer—and an arrest warrant was issued. Though the warrant was later dropped, Bieber still isn’t allowed to perform in Argentina.
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