Zedd (real name Anton Zaslavski), the famous DJ known for “Clarity” and “Middle”, has been permanently banned from China, for liking a “South Park” tweet.
Last Friday (11th October), he took to social media announcing the ban, with a follow-up caption in his Instagram post, to confirm that the news was true.
In the same post, he also mentioned how the Chinese government threatened him and his crew in pulling their cultural permits if they do not cancel his shows in China. “Just clarify, this is NOT a joke. The government informed our promoters that if they don’t cancel my scheduled shows in China they would pull their cultural permits,” he wrote in the post.
The ban occured after the entertainer liked a tweet from the popular American series “South Park”, in which the animated series was also ban in China.
The ban for the Comedy Central series came following the series’ episode “Band In China” which featured criticisms on Chinese labor camps and of Hollywood’s dependency on China. Recently, the series celebrated its landmark 300th episode and they took the celebration to Twitter which, as it currently stands, has 15,000 likes including Zedd’s.
Although Zedd is technically banned in China, his music is still available on the music streaming site QQ streaming. Many fans in his social media have condemned the Chinese government action for this extreme act.