Famous Hollywood actor Richard Gere said that Hollywood shunned him because he supported the Tibet cause. The 67 years old actor who has espoused the Tibet cause for many years now said “There are definitely movies that I can’t be in because the Chinese will say, ‘not with him’. I recently had an episode where someone said they could not finance a film with me because it would upset the Chinese.”
Richard Gere has been a practicing Buddhism for long and he reveres His Holiness for his steadfast devotion towards the people of Tibet and Tibet itself.
Opening up about the issue he further added that a Chinese director recently expressed unwillingness to work with him as it would make things difficult for him and his family.
The episode also sheds light on increasing Chinese factor in Hollywood as it is thriving market despite a limit on number of Hollywood movies that can be released in China.
Richard Gere has brought the Tibet cause on the Academy Awards platform back in 1993. He spoke about the occupation of Tibet by China and the hardships that people are facing there. Consequently he was banned from attending the Academy Awards.
Notwithstanding the shunning by Hollywood Richard Gere has steadfastly pursued the cause of Tibet under the enlightening guidance of His Holiness The Dalai Lama.
Hollywood is very expressively against President Trump. However when it comes to Chinese occupation of Tibet they have remained painfully silent. Disowning an actor for speaking his mind goes on to show that Business matters more than principles.
Ironically, they have made movies highlighting the American heroism and are self proclaimed champions of humanity and civil rights but have not dared to show the reality of Tibet.
Perhaps, it is time that Tibetans themselves shall come forward to fight the battle in media and movies battleground.