Remember when Brad Pitt starred in Seven Years in Tibet? As a result, the actor (along with director Jean-Jacques Annaud and co-star David Thewlis/Remus Lupin) was banned from China in 1997. Early yesterday morning, however, Brad Pitt joined the popular Chinese microblogging site Weibo and posted “It is the truth. Yup, I’m coming…” Crazy timing, eh? Way to ruin our listicle, you good for nothing beautiful man
(If you were wondering who else has been banned from China for supporting Tibet, here’s a quick list: Harrison Ford, Richard Gere, Björk, Oasis, and Martin Scorsese (for directing Kundun). Woof.)
What do The Beatles and Alec Baldwin have in common? If you guessed “a rocky relationship with the Philippines,” you win! In 1966, The Beatles were invited to breakfast by the nation’s first lady. The band wasn’t accustomed to such official gatherings, declined the invitation, and was consequently roughed up as they left the country (and never invited back). 43 years later while discussing marriage with Letterman on The Late Show, Alec Baldwin joked, “I’m thinking about getting a Filipino mail-order bride at this point… or a Russian one.” And those, dear reader, are two odd ways to get yourself banned from the Philippines.
Why would Japan ban Paris Hilton and deny permission for The Rolling Stones to play in the country? Drugs, of course! So many drugs.
If you were hoping to rock out to this timeless jam played live on American soil, we hate to break it to you, but Boy George was banned from the United States after a scuffle with the law and an illegal male escort in 2008. Classic Boy George. Other notable celebrities who have had bans from the US (that have since been lifted): Yusuf Islam, Lily Allen, Amy Winehouse.