LOS ANGELES – Matrix star Keanu Reeves is going through backlash from Chinese language netizens over his participation in an upcoming profit live performance for Tibet.
Requires a boycott of The Matrix Resurrections have been getting louder after the 57-year-old was revealed to be within the line-up of the Tibet Home US Profit Live performance on March 3.
The annual live performance is held across the time of the Tibetan New 12 months and the Monlam Prayer Competition, that are sensitive matters for the Chinese language authorities attributable to their hyperlinks to the Tibetan independence motion.
This yr’s live performance will probably be a digital occasion because of the Covid-19 pandemic, with different stars comparable to American singers Iggy Pop, Jason Isbell and Patti Smith.
Proceeds will go to the Tibet Home US, a New York-based non-profit organisation based on the request of the Dalai Lama to make sure the survival of Tibetan tradition.
The Matrix Resurrections, which revives the hit movie franchise that started with The Matrix (1999), opened in China in December.
One Weibo commenter wrote: “I was a fan of Reeves not solely as a result of he is a fantastic actor, but additionally as a result of he has Chinese language heritage. However apparently we maintain completely different views on Tibetan points and it is a no-brainer for me to cease liking him due to that.”
Reeves, who seldom courts controversy, had beforehand appeared in an acclaimed 1993 film, Little Buddha, which follows a gaggle of Tibetan monks searching for out the rebirth of their Buddhist trainer.
He performed the position of Prince Siddhartha, the Buddha earlier than his enlightenment.