Wow. Cirque de Soleil shocks audience of 15K in Beijing..by showing iconic Tiananmen tank man image (via @SCMP_News)
1. A Beijing audience of about 15,000 gasped when the extremely sensitive iconic image of the Tiananmen Square “tank man” protester flashed on giant screens during Cirque Du Soleil’s Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour performance.
The image — along with any mention of the 1989 protests in Beijing and subsequent crackdown that resulted in the deaths of hundreds — is completely banned in China. It is unclear how the image made it past the Chinese Ministry of Culture. It has since been removed from the show.
Cirque Du Soleil’s publicist, Laura Silverman, said in a press statement:
Cirque du Soleil has abided by all the rules that were required by the Chinese Ministry of Culture including submitting the full show for approval. The show that is being presented here in China is the same show that has been touring the world for almost 2 years.
The image is no longer in the show.