Noel Gallagher, an English musician and songwriter, has claimed that he will not be able to perform in China due to a lifetime ban for being an “enemy of the people.”
After displaying support for Tibet 25 years ago during his appearance in New York at the Tibetan Freedom Concert in 1997, the 55-year-old received a ban from China that forbids him from ever appearing in the country.
According to The Daily Star, Noel Gallagher received a letter from the Chinese government labeling him a “enemy of the people” and prohibiting him from scaling any stage in the nation for the rest of his life.
“I’ve got a letter somewhere from the Minister of The Interior saying, ‘You are an enemy of the people,’ or something like that,” Noel said.
He went on to say that he was made aware of the restriction 20 years ago when the government told him he couldn’t come to China because he supported the Tibetan people.
“About a month before we were about to leave I got a letter saying [the rest of the band] can come but you can’t because of this thing you did for the Tibetan people. I’d forgotten I’d even done it,”