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China media slams Elton John for Ai Weiwei dedication, calling it "disrespectful"

Published on Nov 28, 2012 12:09 PM
 
This handout photo taken on Nov 25, 2012 and received by AFP from Chinese dissident and artist Ai Weiwei on November 26, 2012 shows pop-rock balladeer Elton John (left) and Ai Weiwei posing for a joint photo of themselves at John's concert in Wukesong Stadium in Beijing. A top Chinese daily on Wednesday condemned pop star Elton John for dedicating his Beijing show to dissident artist Ai Weiwei, saying it was disrespectful and could lead to bans on other Western performers. -- PHOTO: AFP PHOTO / AI WEIWEI

BEIJING (AFP) - A top Chinese daily on Wednesday condemned pop star Elton John for dedicating his Beijing show to dissident artist Ai Weiwei, saying it was disrespectful and could lead to bans on other Western performers.

The Sunday night dedication was reminiscent of Icelandic singer Bjork chanting "Tibet, Tibet" at a 2008 concert in Shanghai, which resulted in China's cultural minders refusing performance permits for some Western acts.

"John's unexpected action was disrespectful to the audience and the contract that he signed with the Chinese side," the Global Times said in an editorial.

"He forcibly added political content to the concert, which should have been nothing more than an entertaining performance."

 
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