Surprisingly, there are a lot of celebrities who will not be getting many stamps on their passports. Whether it’s for erratic behavior, drugs, criminal activity, or simply something they said, celebrities are finding themselves landing on a country’s ‘Do Not Enter’ list. It’s no surprise to hear about celebrities getting kicked out of nightclubs, restaurants and hotels, for their wild, scandalous and sometimes, criminal behavior. But what is surprising, is when an entire country kicks a celebrity out! Countries are making it known who their favorite celebrities are, and who they definitely do not want making an appearance. Below are 10 celebrities who have been banned from certain countries.
10) Chris Brown
Chris Brown is no stranger when it comes to dealing with the law. After his involvement with the assault of singer, Rihanna back in 2009, Chris Brown has been refused entry into England. As a result, he was forced to cancel all of his tour dates. The U.K. has denied Chris Brown from obtaining a work visa, due to his criminal record. An official reported that the U.K. banned the famous singer because public safety is one of their “primary concerns.”
9) The Beatles- Philippines
The Beatles caused quite a stir in the Philippines, leading to when they unintentionally snubbed the nation’s first lady. In 1966, the first lady of the Philippines invited The Beatles to a breakfast at the “Presidential Palace.” The band was not accustomed to those types of official gatherings, in fact, the group never accepted these types of invitations, and politely said no. The decline did not sit well with the first lady, as she was infuriated. As a result, they were “roughed up” as they walked through the airport on their way out of the country, and were never invited back.
8) Paris Hilton- Japan
Heiress and reality star, Paris Hilton has been forbidden from entering Japan, following her drug violations in the United States. Japan has tough immigration guidelines, when it comes to the entry of those convicted of drug charges. Hilton traveled to Japan to promote her fashion and fragrance line. Once she landed, she was quickly given the “no-go” to entering the country, as a result of her drug charges in the US.
Before traveling to Japan, Hilton pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor drug charge in Las Vegas, in 2010 and a month later, was arrested for cocaine possession. Due to her drug-related offense, immigration officials questioned Paris for 6 hours and she was kept overnight, before being told by Tokyo officials to get out of the country.
7) Miley Cyrus- China
Already a highly-controversial superstar, Miley found herself in some pretty deep trouble after posting an inappropriate photo with her eyes slanted on her website. In the photo, Miley appears to be mocking Asian people by making her eyes slanted, and as a result, Miley Cyrus was banned from China. Chinese Foreign Minister replied by saying, “we have no interest in further polluting our childrens’ minds with her American ignorance.” China not only barred Cyrus, they also barred any broadcast of her TV shows, movies, as well as any of her merchandise.
Asian-American groups quickly responded to the photo as well, calling Cyrus a racist. The “Organization of Chinese Americans” stated the picture was offensive… and not acceptable. Miley was just 16 when she took the picture, and later issued an apology. She stated she was not making fun of any ethnicity and was simply making a goofy face.
6) 50 Cent- Canada
Rapper 50 Cent has been forbidden to enter Canada, due to promoting violence through his lyrics, and having been previously convicted of several crimes. It also hasn’t helped that 50 Cent has been shot nine times in gang-related incidents, his music promotes gun violence, and he plays roles in films that are pro-violence. In fact, posters for the film, Get Rich or Die Trying showed 50 Cent holding a microphone in one hand and a gun in the other, which generated numerous complaints that they glorified gun crime.
A Canadian Junior Foreign Minister went on to say “under our laws, he would be deemed criminally inadmissible.” Canada has expressed nervousness and concern over 50 Cent’s criminal record and issues that have occurred during his concerts. For example, in 2003, a man was killed at 50 Cent’s Toronto concert.
5) Lady Gaga- Indonesia and Malaysia
Lady Gaga is known for her flashy, somewhat odd outfits, controversial lyrics, and unique performances. While many find this to be ‘great’ entertainment, other countries are highly against it. Lady Gaga was denied access to Indonesia, due to her being too risqué. Islamic religious groups protested against her performing in their country, saying her music would “destroy the childrens’ sense of morality.” Indonesia has gone on to say she has satanic lyrics, and her influence would ruin their country.
To add to the list, Lady Gaga has also been banned from Malaysia due to her “gay” lyrics, specifically from her song “Born This Way.” Muslim groups found many of her words unacceptable and banned her completely. Her vulgar style and seductive outfit choices seem to spark quite a fire in these countries, and they are not afraid to voice their opinion.
4) Alec Baldwin- Philippines
Alec Baldwin has been forever banned from the Philippines over a remark he made in reference to mail-order brides. While on The Late Show, David Letterman and Baldwin were discussing marriage. Alec Baldwin joked in regards to having more children by saying, “I’m thinking about getting a Filipino mail-order bride at this point… or a Russian one.” As a result of his comment, the Philippines Immigration Commissioner banned Baldwin from the Philippines, saying “… Baldwin is forbidden from entering the country as he is deemed an undesirable alien.”
After realizing his comment was taken offensively and caused such an outrage, Baldwin released a clarification and apology. He stated that he figured most people would understand that it was in fact a joke, but for those who didn’t, he apologized for the perceived insensitivity of that remark. His apology clearly wasn’t enough to change the Philippines’ mind. He’s still barred from entering the country.
3) Akon- Sri Lanka
R&B star Akon, has been banned from Sri Lanka as a result of his actions in one of his music videos. A scene in his music video, “Hot Chick,” features a large group of girls wearing bikinis in a pool, with a Buddha statue in the background. This controversial scene provoked violent demonstrations from a variety of cultural and religious groups.
Akon claims that he was not aware of the statue being in the video, however, this didn’t stop demonstrators. Outraged, hundreds of people swarmed the streets of Sri Lanka in protest, some even throwing stones, and as a result, Akon is denied entry. Leaders of Sri Lanka claimed Akon’s video spurred violent protests in the nation’s capital.
2) Brad Pitt- China
After starring in the film, Seven Years in Tibet, Brad Pitt was banned from China. Once the movie was released, it was condemned by the “People’s Republic of China,” saying that they were purposely shown as disrespectful and egotistic. The Chinese government was upset over the movie’s portrayal of China’s harsh rule in Tibet, and banned Pitt from coming to the country. The film, which presents a sympathetic portrait of the Dalai Lama, caused quite an uproar when it was released in 1997. Pitt played an Austrian mountain climber who befriends the Dalai Lama. As a result, China made it known that Pitt, along with other actors involved in the film, were never allowed to enter the country again.
1) Snoop Dogg- United Kingdom, Australia and The Netherlands
Snoop Dogg, or Snoop Lion, clearly tops the list, as he has been banned from the most countries, with the main reasons being drug-related issues and his extensive criminal record. One time, Snoop Dogg and his posse caused a ruckus in a London airport when they weren’t allowed into British Airlines’ first-class lounge. The group vandalized an area in the airport in protest. As a result, Snoop Dogg was slapped with a lifetime ban from entering the United Kingdom, as well as flying with British Airlines. He has also been banned from many other countries such as Australia, Norway and The Netherlands, for his extensive criminal record.