The actor’s entire filmography has been removed from Chinese streaming platforms after the actor attended a concert for Tibet.
Neo is no longer favored by China. Yes The Matrix: Resurrections was the first blockbuster to be released in China in 2022, the virtual appearance of Keanu Reeves at the 35th annual concert Tibet House Benefit (on March 3) led to immediate and radical censorship by the Asian giant. All of the Hollywood star’s films, which were available on streaming platforms in China, have been purely and simply deleted.
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The Los Angeles Times reported that major Chinese streamers like iQiyi, Tencent Video, Bilibili, and Xigua Video have deleted most movies featuring Keanu Reeves for his support for the Tibetan people and the Dalai Lama. “Sorry, no results related to” Keanu Reeves “was not found”, can we now read on the iQiyi platform, according to the Los Angeles Times. “Due to relevant laws, regulations and policies, some results are not displayed.”
Deleted movies include the trilogy The Matrix, Speed, Bill & Ted, Something’s Gotta Give or Between two shores. According to the American newspaper, at least 19 titles appearing Keanu Reeves have been removed from Tencent Video, Youku and Migu Video. Only Toy Story 4 is still in the base, but any mention of the actor has been removed from the credits.
China Digital Times researcher Alex Yu calls this specific censorship a “curious case that deserves to be followed”according to the Times. “We tend to think of the censorship machine in China as this truly coordinated monster, but the fact that we’re seeing mixed signals between streaming and cinema releases – since The Matrix: Resurrections hit theaters – suggests that some of these measures come from different places.In other words, it is unclear whether it was Chinese regulatory agencies that demanded the removal of the films from Keanu Reevesor if these private streaming platforms removed the films on their own.