The talented Icelandic singer-songwriter Bjork doesn't just make good music. She has branched into all sorts of artistic endeavors, including starring in Lars von Trier's 2000 movie Dancer in the Dark. While that movie didn't make China angry, Bjork's live performances sure did.
During a 2008 Shanghai concert, Bjork ended a performance of her song "Declare Independence" by yelling out "Tibet! Tibet!" Doesn't seem too bad right? Well, when you look at the lyrics of the song it's all about countries gaining their independence, making their own flags and currency, and fighting against oppression. So, definitely not the sort of song that China likes being dedicated to Tibet. If we've learned anything, the Chinese government is really, really sensitive about the situation.
The government quickly issued a statement, claiming that Bjork and other performance artists threatened Chinese national sovereignty and would whip up ethnic hatred in the country. Suddenly a ton of musicians found themselves on the Chinese blacklist. While Bjork was the impetus for the ban even artists like Bob Dylan got hit. Bjork still performs the song though, and has dedicated it to Kosovo and the Faroe Islands. Fortunately for her, Denmark isn't as sensitive about people calling for Faroe Islands independence.