Brad Pitt joins Chinese Twitter, proclaims he's going to China 15 years after he was banned

By Gina DiFalco,

Brad Pitt has joined the Chinese version of Twitter although he was banned by their government 15 years ago.

The World War Z star was banned from the country in 1997 after appearing as the Dalai Lama’s Austrian tutor in the film Seven Years in Tibet, which China took issue with because of their portrayal of the exiled 14th Dalai Lama and Chinese soldiers in Tibet.

However, Pitt joined Sina Weibo, China’s Twitter, and wrote “It is the truth. Yup, I'm coming,” The Daily Mail reports.

That message has been commented on over 14,000 times and forwarded over 30,000 times by his 140,000 followers.

Although most followers expressed surprise, the director of Seven Years Tibet, Jean-Jacques Annaud, who was also banned after the film came out, was welcomed back to China last year to chair the Shanghai International Film Festival.

Richard Gere, Martin Scorsese and Harrison Ford, have all also been banned from China before, ABC News reports. Their common ground is they’re Dalai Lama supporters.

 
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