ByKarly Rayner, writer at Creators.co
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Karly Rayner

Selena Gomez fans were recently shocked to hear that the pop star has probably been banned in China thanks to one perfectly innocent image, but she isn't the only celeb to have the welcome mat unceremoniously rolled in for them for good.

Below are some of the other stars who have not received a right royal welcome in various locations abroad, and some of the reasons they are barred might just surprise you.

11. Brad Pitt

Where Were They Banned From? China

Why Were They Banned? Pitt was banned from China for supporting Tibet by starring in the movie Seven Years in Tibet.

10. Beyoncé

Where Were They Banned From? Malaysia

Why Were They Banned? Beyoncé was barred from performing in Malaysia due to the country's conservative dress code for female performers, which includes rules on covering up from the shoulders to knees, with no cleavage showing.

9. Snoop Dogg

Where Were They Banned From? Norway

Why Were They Banned? Snoop Dogg has been banned from entering Norway for two years after he was caught at the airport with marijuana in his possession (shocking, right!). No Norwizzle with a spliffle, yo.

8. Harrison Ford

Where Were They Banned From? China

Why Were They Banned? Harrison Ford was banned from China for speaking before the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee in support of Tibet.

7. Miley Cyrus

Where Were They Banned From? China

Why Were They Banned? Miley Cyrus was banned from China for a photo that appeared to show her making a racist gesture toward people of Asian descent. Chinese foreign minister Yang Jiechi said:

"Miss Cyrus has made it clear she is no friend of China or anyone of East Asian descent. We have no interest in further polluting our children’s minds with her American ignorance.”

6. Richard Gere

Where Were They Banned From? China

Why Were They Banned? Richard Gere was banned from China because he is a Buddhist and close friend to the Dalai Lama, Tibet's spiritual leader.

5. Paris Hilton

Where Were They Banned From? Japan

Why Were They Banned? Paris was barred from Japan for her Las Vegas drug charge. Ooops!

4. Martin Scorsese

Where Were They Banned From? China

Why Were They Banned? Scorsese was banned from China for his movie Kundun, which followed the line of Dalai Lamas from the 14th century until the present day and showed communist China taking over the sacred Buddhist territory and attempting the kill the spiritual leader. Needless to say, they didn't want to have this sort of publicity.

3. Hayden Panettiere

Where Were Than Banned From? Japan

Why Were They Banned? Hayden isn't quite banned from Japan just yet, but if she goes back she will be arrested, so she might as well be. Her charge? Disrupting a controversial dolphin hunting boat. You go girl!

2. Alec Baldwin

Where Were Than Banned From? Philippines

Why Were They Banned? Baldwin was banned from the Philippines for making a joke about mail order brides on The Letterman Show.

1. Selena Gomez

Where Were Than Banned From? China

Why Were They Banned? Selena was reportedly banned for being photographed with the Dalai Lama. Read more HERE.


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