China censors 'Friends Reunion': Why BTS, Justin Bieber, and Lady Gaga's portions have been deleted

Friends Reunion, the special episode of the popular sitcom Friends, was censored by China, with a few of the guest appearances getting shaved off.

According to reports, almost six minutes of the show was cut out by Chinese streaming platforms.

The cameos of K-pop band BTS, Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga were edited out from the episode.

The streamers removed the portion where BTS lead RM shared his love for the show and its cast. The band has been a target of censors in China since it talked about the sacrifices of South Korean and U.S. soldiers during the Korean War.

One missing clip was Lady Gaga's duet with Lisa Kudrow on 'Smelly Cat,' a jingle by Kudrow’s character, Phoebe.

Lady Gaga was banned from touring China in 2016 after she met with the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama, who has been labelled as a separatist by Beijing.

An appearance by Justin Bieber dressed as 'Spudnik,' as David Schwimmer's character Ross did in an episode. The singer has been blocked since 2014 when he posted a photo of himself at the controversial Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo that honours Japan's war dead, including convicted war criminals from World War II.

Besides these cuts, the streaming services also reportedly chopped off the comments of the LGBTQ fans of Friends. However, despite the edits, the episode received a great response from the viewers in the country.

The special, which premiered on Thursday brought the cast of the 1990s sitcom back together for reminiscences and performances.

Meanwhile, other supporting cast members of the show as well stars like David Beckham, Mindy Kaling, Larry Hanking, James Corden too were seen on the special episode.

Ben Winston has directed the special and executive produced it along with 'Friends' executive producers Kevin Bright, Marta Kauffman, and David Crane.

The original Friends series ran from 1994 to 2004 and continues to draw big ratings in reruns. It got a fresh lease on OTT in recent years and became one of the most watched shows on Netflix.

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