I get nervous standing in line for immigration in many countries, even though I’ve never gotten a second look anywhere I’ve gone. I always wonder whether I’ll get denied entry, either for no real reason at all or perhaps for something I’ve written about the country I’m visiting.
And I’ve actually done things … like taking photos on the tarmac in countries where that’s frowned upon, or used my cell phone (in airplane mode) on a Chinese airline. Or because I posted about an immigration form that specifically forbade,
Please: taking photos of the cards and documents of the person concerned
These aren’t actual security threats but to an immigration bureaucrat they could look like it. I was thrilled to receive my 10 year China visa last year, at least entering with a visa I figure I’m more likely than not to be admitted to the country. They’ve already had one look at me. My first encounter with their rubric isn’t standing in line already on their soil.
Apparently Selena Gomez isn’t quite as lucky as I am.
It wouldn’t be the first time musicians had shows in China cancelled over acknowledging the Dalai Lama.
Bon Jovi’s gigs in September, 2015 were scrapped because they reportedly used a picture of the exiled Buddhist leader during a concert in Taiwan back in 2010. Maroon 5’s concerts in Shanghai and Beijing were reportedly cancelled last year (15) after band member Jesse Carmichael sent the spiritual leader a birthday tweet.
Gomez has in the past been refused a Russian Visa out of that country’s fear she would speak out about their laws discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation. She’s also flashed ankle at the Sheikh Zayed Grand Nosque in Abu Dhabi before, too.
And to think I’ve never been denied entry anywhere I’ve tried to go. But then I’m not even close to Selena Gomez or Jon Bon Jovi.